Disney Taps Ben Affleck to Helm Keeper of the Lost Cities Adaptation
While already building his scheduling of upcoming starring projects, Ben Affleck is preparing to keep his directorial calendar full as Deadline reports that the two-time Oscar winner is set to helm Disney’s film adaptation of Keeper of the Lost Cities.
Originally published in 2012 and the first in a series of eight books for the time being, Shannon Messenger’s novel centers on a telepathic girl who seeks to figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world before the wrong person finds the answer first, but when discovers the secret behind her abilities and herself, she races against time to find the reasons behind her existence.
In addition to directing, sources report Affleck is set to produce the film via his Pearl Street label and adapt the script with Walt Disney Studios staff writer Kate Gritmon, while Madison Ainley, who previously worked with Affleck on Live by Night, Justice League, Triple Frontier, Gone Girl, The Way Back, The Accountant and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, will executive produce.
Messenger’s Keeper novel series has been a New York Times bestseller since its first book, with currently over 2.5 million copies in print and the most recent entry, Book 8.5 Unlocked, named a Best Young reader book of 2020 by Barnes & Noble and was a 2020 Goodreads Choice Award semifinalist and a California Gold Medal Winner.
Keeper marks the latest directorial project for Affleck, who last August signed on to helm adaptations of The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood, centered on the making of the iconic noir mystery pic, and King Leopold’s Ghost and is still developing the long-awaited McDonald’s Monopoly fraud biopic alongside frequent collaborator and longtime friend Matt Damon.
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