Ben Affleck prepares return to directing this year

Ben Affleck is planning to return to the director’s seat before the end of the year. The Oscar winner dropped out of directing himself in the upcoming The Batman film shortly before his latest addiction issues hit the headlines, and now he’s clean and…

Ben Affleck is planning to return to the director’s seat before the end of the year.

The Oscar winner dropped out of directing himself in the upcoming The Batman film shortly before his latest addiction issues hit the headlines, and now he’s clean and sober again, Ben is keen to get back behind the camera.

The 46 year old, who can currently be seen in Netflix action drama Triple Frontier, is refusing to reveal which film he’ll direct, but he is circling one project for his return to calling the shots after successes like Live by Night, Argo, and The Town.

“I have multiple stuff in development and I’m hoping to shoot something at the end of the year,” he tells Collider.

“I have a couple of different things that are all in various stages of script, and outline, and finished script. We’ll see which one comes together and who wants to make them.

“It’s just so hard to get a movie made, and hard to find someone who wants to partner with you and really sees the movie the same way that it makes sense to have multiple irons in the fire… There’s one (project) that I just made a deal to do a rewrite on an existing script. There’s another one that’s a book that I’m trying to sell. There’s another one that’s not quite in script form, the writer’s working on it. It’s an outline, and it’s going to be turned into a script. They’re options, all of them, for me to try to direct.”

Meanwhile, Affleck is attached to direct and appear in an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution and he’s still down to produce director Matt Reeves’ take on The Batman, which has yet to find its star.

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Oscar Isaac hints he’s interested in Batman role

Oscar Isaac has denied rumours he’ll be the next actor to play Batman, but did hint he was interested in the role.Following Ben Affleck’s official departure from the role in January (19), the part of the caped crusader has been left wide open for a…

Oscar Isaac has denied rumours he’ll be the next actor to play Batman, but did hint he was interested in the role.

Following Ben Affleck’s official departure from the role in January (19), the part of the caped crusader has been left wide open for a new star to take up in Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman flick.

The 40-year-old’s name has been linked to the role for some time, after he reportedly met with Warner Bros. bosses in 2018 to discuss a potential part, but in a chat with British newspaper Metro, he denied all knowledge of the rumours.

“No. I have only read it online like everyone else. I haven’t had any conversations about Batman, unfortunately, but I am sure it is going to be great,” he stated, before adding: “Matt Reeves is such a great director. Yeah, he can get my number.”

It seems one person to give his seal of approval is the outgoing Batman, Ben, who is currently starring alongside Oscar in Netflix drama Triple Frontier.

In a recent chat with ET Canada, Ben, who was also once meant to be directing The Batman himself, shared some ideas of how he envisions the Star Wars actor’s take on the DC Comics hero.

“What I think Oscar’s gonna be great with is the sort of hybrid lightsaber Batman thing, which is like crossing beams,” he smiled.

“It’s the future,” Oscar added.

“Then you’ve got all pop culture in one moment,” Ben replied. “I’m looking forward to it. They’ve got a great director. They’re doing a kind of, I don’t want to give away anything because they get…but they’re doing a young version, a more starting-out version with a younger guy.”

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Ben Affleck: ‘I love my giant back tattoo!’

Ben Affleck has insisted he “loves” the giant phoenix tattoo on his back, despite others being less than complimentary about it.The actor was pictured showing off the impressive inking as he enjoyed a swim session at a beach with his Triple Frontier co…

Ben Affleck has insisted he “loves” the giant phoenix tattoo on his back, despite others being less than complimentary about it.

The actor was pictured showing off the impressive inking as he enjoyed a swim session at a beach with his Triple Frontier co-stars Charlie Hunnam, Oscar Isaac, and Garrett Hedlund last year (18) – with the images dividing opinion among fans.

While the majority, including his ex-fiancee Jennifer Lopez, were less than impressed with the huge etching, Ben said during an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, airing on Thursday (14Mar19), that he’s unconcerned by the backlash.

“It’s meaningful to me, I like it. It’s not something I kept private, it wasn’t like I was doing photoshoots – we were sort of two hours north of the city on some island in Hawaii and we didn’t know that the paparazzi was there,” he said. “So, they got a picture of my tattoo, and the sentiment ran against.

“I love my tattoo and I’m very happy with it. Luckily, I’m the one who has it.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Ben spoke about reaching a happy, healthy place in his life, after various stints in rehab centres.

“It’s interesting, it’s sort of – there’s temptation to get depressed if I think, ‘Oh that was hard, and this was hard,’ or I could be kind of embarrassed, but I have to say, I feel so good now, I’m in such a great place, my kids are healthy, you know life is good,” the 46-year-old mused. “So, it’s like, whatever it took for me to get to this place, I’m grateful.”

Ben shares three children with ex-wife Jennifer Garner, and admitted that while their co-parenting sometimes leads to different rules in different houses, the fact their kids are only allowed to watch Ellen’s talk show is something he and his former spouse agree on.

“In split families, you kind of go back and forth and you sort of want to come to an agreement on rules. I’m a little more liberal on the screen side of things, video games and TV, but this is something we can both agree on,” he smiled.

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Charlie Hunnam: ‘Netflix fear is unfounded’

Charlie Hunnam has labelled the debate surrounding Netflix films being considered for Oscars glory “unfounded fear”.English actor Hunnam’s latest project is Netflix flick Triple Frontier, which co-stars Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Garrett Hedlund a…

Charlie Hunnam has labelled the debate surrounding Netflix films being considered for Oscars glory “unfounded fear”.

English actor Hunnam’s latest project is Netflix flick Triple Frontier, which co-stars Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Garrett Hedlund and Pedro Pascal.

And asked his views on the Netflix/ Oscars argument, which has seen Steven Spielberg campaign to get Academy officials to block films made for streaming services, Hunnam predictably voiced his support for the media company.

“My view is yes they should (be eligible) because my experience of making these films is that the aspiration and the work done to create them, to make them, is no different,” he told the Press Association (PA). “But I understand, people have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo if they are on that side of this debate, so I understand why people are quite vocal about it.

“I think it’s fear and whenever you’re in a massively competitive industry there is an element of fear involved in it always but I think it’s unfounded fear.”

The debate was stirred after Alfonso Cuaron’s Netflix-made drama Roma was one of the big winners during awards season.

Kathy Bates recently threw her weight behind Spielberg’s stance, with Kevin Costner also revealing he’s a big fan of theatre releases when it comes to awards recognition.

Continuing his chat with PA, Hunnam added: “I think that the perception of the argument that can be made is that the streaming platforms are going to provide the death blow to the theatrical experience and I personally don’t think that is the case and I don’t think that so far there is any evidence that suggests that is occurring.

“Box office revenues continue to be robust and so I think it is a fear, I just don’t know how founded it is.”

Triple Frontier is available to stream now.

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Oscar Isaac wants to make full movie in Spanish

Actor Oscar Isaac is keen to show off his language skills by shooting a whole movie in Spanish. The X-Men: Apocalypse star was born in his mother’s native Guatemala, but was raised in Miami, Florida after relocating to the U.S. with his family when he…

Actor Oscar Isaac is keen to show off his language skills by shooting a whole movie in Spanish.

The X-Men: Apocalypse star was born in his mother’s native Guatemala, but was raised in Miami, Florida after relocating to the U.S. with his family when he was just five months old.

He speaks fluent Spanish, thanks to also having a Cuban father, and Oscar was able to use his family background to add to his character in Triple Frontier, a new heist movie set in South America.

Getting to practice his Spanish onscreen was a thrill for Oscar, as he had only previously used his bilingual skills for part of his role in 2014’s A Most Violent Year, which was directed by J.C. Chandor, who also took charge of the actor’s latest action thriller.

Now Oscar is eager to take it one step further and has set his sights on tackling an entire project in his mother tongue.

“I hope to make a whole movie in Spanish,” he told The Associated Press.

Triple Frontier received a week-long run in U.S. theatres ahead of its release on Netflix on Wednesday (13Mar19), and Oscar wouldn’t be opposed to shooting more projects for the hugely-popular streaming service – including a possible foreign language movie.

“I got to see (Triple Frontier) on a big screen with an incredible sound system and that was really amazing to see, but, you know, we are living in a very transitional time,” he shared of the current Hollywood debate regarding films made for theatres and those made for home viewing.

“I think that regardless of the debate… there’s a lot more opportunities to do different kinds of movies and movies that often wouldn’t get financed theatrically.”

Triple Frontier, Oscar’s first job for Netflix, also stars Ben Affleck, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, and Pedro Pascal.

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Ben Affleck tried ex-fiancee J.Lo’s insane sugar-free diet

Ben Affleck had a hard time giving up sugar and bread for 10 days after taking on the tough diet plan his ex-fiancee Jennifer Lopez recently raved about.The On the Floor hitmaker tried the fasting fad with her current boyfriend, Alex Rodriguez, last mo…

Ben Affleck had a hard time giving up sugar and bread for 10 days after taking on the tough diet plan his ex-fiancee Jennifer Lopez recently raved about.

The On the Floor hitmaker tried the fasting fad with her current boyfriend, Alex Rodriguez, last month (Feb19), sharing her struggles with the restricted food intake with fans.

Ben, who dated Jennifer for close to two years until they broke off their engagement in 2004, caught wind of his ex’s diet and decided to try it himself ahead of the release of his new military movie Triple Frontier.

“No sugar, no bread. It was harder than you think it would be for just 10 days,” he told Extra, admitting he enjoyed the challenge. “It was fun. It was good.”

However, the 46 year old hasn’t seen his body change in the slightest.

“There’s zero results so far,” he shared, before admitting he went nuts on carbs the day after completing the diet.

“I binged on a bagel like a lunatic,” he said.

Ben insists giving up carbs for a little while was nothing in comparison to the sacrifice his veteran character in Triple Frontier endured, with the star noting he is deeply humbled by the hardships military men and women go through for their job.

“The degree to which people in the special forces sacrifice such an enormous amount… develop this extraordinary competence, and there is a shelf life to that career and then it’s over and there is a question: ‘Who am I aside from mercenary work, professional soldiering?’… (that dilemma is) not something that is the most easily marketable thing in the private sector,” he said, confessing the research interviews he did with real vets for the film hit him hard emotionally.

“The people we talked to talked about hardships – to me, it was humbling,” he shared.

Triple Frontier, which also stars Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam and Garrett Hedlund, will begin streaming on Netflix on Thursday (06Mar19).

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Ben Affleck officially bows out of The Batman film

Ben Affleck has officially stepped out of starring in Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman film.The actor/director was originally lined-up to reprise his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman from the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Justice Lea…

Ben Affleck has officially stepped out of starring in Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman film.

The actor/director was originally lined-up to reprise his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman from the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Justice League flicks in the new project, and at one stage was set to direct from a script he had co-written.

However, Reeves took over the movie in February 2017, and on Wednesday (30Jan19), studio executives from Warner Bros. confirmed to Deadline that Affleck, 46, will not be in the film, which is set to be released in the summer of 2021.

Editors at the film publication report that the story will focus on a younger Batman, with a search currently underway for an actor to play the Caped Crusader.

Even though Affleck has been influential in getting the movie off the ground, he appeared to be happy with the outcome as he wrote on Twitter later on Wednesday, “Excited for #TheBatman in Summer 2021 and to see @MattReevesLA vision come to life (sic).”

Details about the script for The Batman remain under wraps, though Joe Manganiello has been attached to play Slade Wilson / Deathstroke, while J.K. Simmons is rumoured to be portraying Commissioner Gordon again, with Jeremy Irons returning as Alfred Pennyworth. No other casting details have been announced.

Meanwhile, in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Reeves indicated that the plot of the film will be a detective story.

“It’s very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale. It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional,” the Cloverfield filmmaker said. “It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films. The comics have a history of that. He’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been.”

Affleck will next be seen onscreen in Triple Frontier alongside Charlie Hunnam and Pedro Pascal, and is in the post-production phases of Dee Rees’ crime-drama The Last Thing He Wanted.

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