Ben Affleck Confirms That He’s Not Working On ‘Justice League’
Speaking to 24 Hours Vancouver, Ben Affleck has shot down the internet rumours pointing towards him possibly directing Warner Bros. Pictures hugely-anticipated ‘Justice League’ film. The actor/director dismissed the hearsay about his involvement with the feature adaptation of DC Comics superhero team-up, saying, “I’m not working on the Justice League. One of the problems with entertainment web sites is that they need to fill pages, and that’s how rumours get started.” He continues, “Justice League sounds really exciting, but it’s not something I’m working on.”
Hired by Warner Bros last summer, the script for ‘Justice League’ is by Will Beall (Gangster Squad). The film is expected to bring together marquee DC characters Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and The Flash. Warner Bros took control of DC Comics in 2009, folding the comicbook company into the studio and re-launching it as DC Entertainment to better manage how its characters wind up on the big and small screens. On the small screen, The CW will air the series ‘Arrow,’ based on the Green Arrow character, starting October. Yet, on the big screen, the studio hasn’t greenlit any new films since Zack Snyder’s Superman movie, ‘Man of Steel,’ which arrives in cinemas summer 2013 – a full year after Christopher Nolan completed his groundbreaking Batman trilogy for Warner/DC with this summer’s ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’ Other films based on Wonder Woman and the Flash also are in development, but are only in script stages.
Even if a director does come on board shortly, ‘Justice League’ won’t likely be ready for release until summer 2015, which could put it up against Marvel’s comparable superhero ensemble, ‘The Avengers 2,’ which has Joss Whedon returning to write and direct for a May 1st, 2015 release.
Since making his directorial debut in 2007 with the fantastic ‘Gone Baby Gone,’ Ben Affleck has been balancing acting and directing duties. After ‘The Town,’ he signed on to work with Terrence Malick on ‘To the Wonder’ before returning to direct and star in ‘Argo,’ which is set for release October 12th. Based on true events, ‘Argo’ chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis – the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades. On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, a CIA “exfiltration” specialist named Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) comes up with a risky plan to get them safely out of the country. Check out the production notes and synopsis for ‘Argo’ below.
Based on true events, Warner Bros. Pictures’ and GK Films’ dramatic thriller “Argo” chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis—the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades.
Academy Award® winner Ben Affleck (“The Town,” “Good Will Hunting”) directs and stars in the film, which is being produced by Academy Award® winner George Clooney (“Syriana”), Oscar® nominee Grant Heslov (“Good Night, and Good Luck.”) and Affleck.
On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, a CIA “exfiltration” specialist named Tony Mendez (Affleck) comes up with a risky plan to get them safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies.
“Argo” also stars Oscar® winner Alan Arkin (“Little Miss Sunshine”), Bryan Cranston (TV’s “Breaking Bad”) and John Goodman (“You Don’t Know Jack”). The main cast also includes Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Victor Garber, Zeljko Ivanek, Richard Kind, Scoot McNairy, Chris Messina, Michael Parks, and Taylor Schilling.
Affleck is directing the film from a screenplay by Chris Terrio, based on a selection from Master in Disguise by Antonio Mendez. David Klawans, Chris Brigham, Graham King, Tim Headington, Chay Carter and Nina Wolarsky are serving as executive producers.
The behind-the-scenes creative team includes Oscar®-nominated director of photography Rodrigo Prieto (“Brokeback Mountain”), production designer Sharon Seymour (“The Town”); Oscar®-nominated editor William Goldenberg (“Seabiscuit,” “The Insider”); and Oscar®-nominated costume designer Jacqueline West (“The Social Network,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”)
Filming on “Argo” is being accomplished in Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Istanbul.
Slated for release in 2012, “Argo” is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with GK Films, a Smoke House Pictures production, to be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
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