There are few things in life I enjoy so much as Ben Affleck’s pop-directorial style paired with Dennis Lehane’s über bleak, Boston-set molestation revenge stories. Lehane is grittiah than vintage Welkah, Gawd rest his fackin traiterous soul. In fact, the first time I typed an exaggerated Bostonian accent, I think it was in reference to a Lehane movie. Last time Ben Affleck handled a Lehane story was his directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone, a gritty fackin modern nwah stawry if ever I sawr one. But according to Deadline, Casey’s brother is currently in talks to direct an adaptation of Lehane’s Live By Night. This one’s set during prohibition, but I’m pretty sure there was molestation and the Sawx back then too, so it shouldn’t be too much of a stretch.
Affleck is in talks at the studio to make Live By Night the next film he will write-direct-produce and star in. The project is based on the new novel by Dennis Lehane that was just published by William Morrow.
Live By Night uses some of the characters from Lehane’s sprawling period novel The Given Day and brings them into Prohibition. The focus is Joe Coughlin, the black-sheep son of a police captain who gets involved in escalating levels of organized crime.
So it doesn’t overtly seem to involve anyone taking revenge on their molestors, but it could be there in the subtext. I’d like to think it is. More importantly, it didn’t stop Burnsy, Chareth, and I from imagining what are sure to be of the pivotal scenes: