Ben Affleck to Direct & Co-Write Disney Fantasy Movie

Ben Affleck directing ‘Argo’ | Warner Bros.

Ben Affleck will be directing a Disney movie!

The studio is currently developing a live-action feature adaptation of the best-selling Keeper of the Lost Cities book series by author Shannon Messenger – and Affleck is attached at the helm.

Deadline broke the news, reporting that apart from directing, the Argo filmmaker and actor will also be co-writing the screenplay with Walt Disney Studios staff writer Kate Gritmon and producing the film via his Pearl Street Banner. Affleck’s longtime collaborator Madison Ainley will executive produce.

The fantasy book series, which has topped 2.5 million books in print and has won multiple awards, follows twelve-year-old high school senior Sophie Foster, who has the ability to read people’s minds. She is forced to leave behind everything she knows after a mysterious boy shows her the place she belongs, the Lost Cities. She soon learns the truth of the extraordinarily powerful abilities she was given and the deadly secrets hidden in her subconscious that some may kill for.

Affleck was recently seen in sports drama The Way Back, which Warner Bros. will push on an awards campaign for Affleck’s lauded performance. His upcoming acting credits include Zack Snyder’s Justice League, heading to HBO Max in March; Adrian Lyne-directed (Fatal Attraction, Flashdance) thriller Deep Water, co-starring real-life partner Ana De Armas; and Ridley Scott’s period drama The Last Duel, re-uniting Affleck with his Good Will Hunting co-star Matt Damon.

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