Ben Affleck Is So Much "American Bulls**t"

1/26/2011 Posted by Admin

Ben Affleck Is So Much "American Bulls**t"

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By our guest blogger, Matt Jussim

Even if "The Town" didn't score an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, Ben Affleck should be extremely proud of the film he directed, co-wrote and starred in. The film has been nominated for a slew of awards this past season and found itself named as one of the National Board of Review's top ten films of the year.

While Affleck puts on a solid performance in the film, it's his work as director and writer where his skills truly shine through. More often than not, action/crime films are overlooked at award's season, but due to Affleck's deft direction and reflective writing, "The Town" has an emotional base and proves itself to be a great movie rather than just a great "action" film (which it is as well).

Affleck has shown, along with "Gone Baby Gone," that he truly has a knack for directing and that it may be what the longtime actor is best at. With the success of "The Town," Affleck has made himself quite the hot director and he is considering a few different projects for his next effort, says The Wrap.

According to the site, Affleck is heavily considering Eric Warren Singer's "American Bulls**t" as his next directorial effort.

Sony Pictures has the rights to the script which is described as "the true story of Abscam, the FBI's 1980 undercover sting operation of Congress to root out corruption, which was the brainchild of the world's greatest con man," according to Deadline.

Affleck is also considering a couple other projects including the 1970's Yankee wife-swapping story "The Trade" and "Replay," an adaptation of the Ken Grimwood novel.

Dave Mandel wrote the "The Trade," which follows the fantastically interesting story of New York Yankees pitchers Fritz Petersen and Mike Kekich who swapped wives back in the 1970s. Jason Smilovic, who penned "Lucky Number Slevin," adapted Ken Grimwood's novel "Replay," which follows a forty-year-old radio journalist who dies and gets to relive his life over and over in his 18-year-old body.

While I think all of the projects sound interesting, I'd like to see what Affleck could do with "American Bulls**t" or "The Trade," both of which seem like they could be really solid films. The director has shown he has quite the touch with crime stories, so Affleck and Abscam could be quite the pairing.

Either way Affleck should make a decision soon on what he'll like to take on next behind the camera. The Academy Awards will be held February 27, 2011.

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