Ben Affleck to Direct Remake of Tell No One; Starts Casting Argo
Posted 06.16.11 by Ryan
After the success of last year's crime drama The Town, Ben Affleck is filling his schedule with directing work. Deadline reports Warner Bros has hired Affleck to direct its co-production (with Universal Pictures) of Tell No One, a remake of the 2006 French thriller based on the novel by Harlan Coben and directed by Guillaume Canet.
Sony Pictures initially attempted to adapt Coben's novel in 2003, with Star Trek screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman attempting to crack the dense and intricately plotted novel into a movie, but it never came together and Sony eventually gave up. Canet's and co-screenwriter Philippe Lefebvre's attempt proved successful, with their version of Tell No One debuting to excellent reviews.
Chris Terrio (Heights) is writing the screenplay for the movie, which, to put it simply, follows a pediatrician hunting down the truth of his wife's murder. Terrio also wrote the script for the political thriller Argo, Affleck's next directorial effort.
Based on the 2007 Wired article "How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran", Argo dramatizes the true story of how the CIA created a fake sci-fi movie to rescue six American diplomats trapped in an embassy in Tehran during the 1979 Islamic revolution. Affleck has yet to start shooting the movie, but has finally begun to put together his cast.
Variety reports that Affleck's first cast member is Alan Arkin, who won't play a hostage but a Hollywood producer named Lester Siegel. The report describes Arkin's character as "equal parts bookie and rabbi."
Who Affleck will cast as the hostages is unknown, though their preparation for the movie won't be easy. Vulture reports that Affleck is planning on having his six actors all live together in a house for two weeks prior to the shoot in order for them to "better re-create the claustrophobic and tense conditions" the diplomats went through. Who Affleck has cast has yet to be announced.
Neither Argo or Tell No One have been given a release date as yet.