Heat Vision is reporting that Ben Affleck is in early negotiations to direct Argo, an adaptation of a Wired magazine article about the Tehran hostage crisis. George Clooney and Grant Heslov will produce the political thriller, which includes elements of wry humor.
The article, “How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran,” was written by Joshua Bearman and published in April 2007. The trade says “the story centers on how, during the occupation of the American embassy by Iranians in 1979, a rescue effort was mounted by the CIA and the Canadian government to extract six U.S. diplomats.”
If you’d like to know more, you can still read the article on the magazine’s website here (just scroll down a bit).
Chris Terrio wrote the screenplay and David Klawans is also a producer.