I have to say that I’m finding Ben Affleck’s burgeoning directorial career to be more interesting than his acting career of late. With just two movies – Gone Baby Gone and The Town – he’s shown strong potential behind the camera which has made any new project from him automatically worth paying attention to.
Affleck is currently in negotiations to direct Argo, a film based on a Wired magazine magazine article on the 1979 Iranian Hostage Crisis titled “How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran.” The article detailed how United States and Canadian intelligence services concocted a plan to rescue six diplomats from Tehran, Iran after Iranian militants seized control of the American Embassy taking its staff hostage.
Being old enough to have memories of the hostage crisis, the idea of a film detailing a little known aspect of the situation certainly has my attention. The fact that the CIA used a fake film production as cover for the operation, and used art from comic book great Jack Kirby as phony “production art,” is just icing on this cake.
Via the Hollywood Reporter.