According to Deadline, Ben Affleck may soon direct a movie based on the book “Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution,” written by Nathaniel Philbrick, set for publication later this month. The story details the Battle of Bunker Hill leading up to the American Revolution.
The unease between Bostonians and British troops turned violent after the Boston Tea Party, when violent sieges erupted in Lexington and Concord and a British blockade led to outright war in the Battle of Bunker Hill, a bloody clash that united the colonies and started the war for independence.
This would be Affleck’s third film using Boston as a backdrop and character. Affleck first showed off his directing skills on Beantown-based Gone Baby Gone, starring his brother, Casey. Many critics and fans were holding their breath as they watched the actor-turned-director, assuming his debut would be a disaster. He proved many people wrong and the film went on to be a critical success.
In an interview with Collider, Affleck talked about the daunting pressure of directing his first feature and being labeled a part of the Bostonian filmmaking trilogy, after Martin Scorsese’s The Departed and Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River came out.
I mean to be in a Boston trilogy it’s kind of like that’s Everest, Kilimanjaro. Obviously, those are towering giants. I’m just happy to get my movie made, man, you know, those guys are legendary filmmakers and this movie is just a little movie that I’m glad to get out there and hope that people go see and I hope that people like. I will be pleased that if in 40 years that I get some portion of those guys’ great success…some fraction of that would be wonderful. For now, I’m just trying to just cobble together a little directing career.
After this year’s big Oscar wins with Argo, Affleck has certainly ‘cobbled a little directing career’ together and looks to be more than ready to direct Boston’s epic historical Battle. What do you think?