Ben and Casey Affleck Teaming Up for Afghanistan War Drama

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Ben and Casey Affleck Teaming Up for Afghanistan War Drama

Ben and Casey Affleck teaming up for Afghanistan war drama

The Tracking Board reports that Ben Affleck is setting up his next directorial effort and is in talks with Sony Pictures to direct the war film Red Platoon, based on the Clinton Romesha memoir.

The book was released earlier this year and is officially described as follows:

“In 2009, Clinton Romesha of Red Platoon and the rest of the Black Knight Troop were preparing to shut down Command Outpost (COP) Keating, the most remote and inaccessible in a string of bases built by the US military in Nuristan and Kunar in the hope of preventing Taliban insurgents from moving freely back and forth between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Three years after its construction, the army was finally ready to concede what the men on the ground had known immediately: it was simply too isolated and too dangerous to defend.’

“On October 3, 2009, after years of constant smaller attacks, the Taliban finally decided to throw everything they had at Keating. The ensuing fourteen-hour battle—and eventual victory—cost eight men their lives. Red Platoon is the riveting firsthand account of the Battle of Keating, told by Romesha, who spearheaded both the defense of the outpost and the counterattack that drove the Taliban back beyond the wire and received the Medal of Honor for his actions.”

The outlet also notes that Affleck’s brother, Casey Affleck, is being eye to play Romesha in the feature film. The pair previously collaborated on Ben’s directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone. Adam Cozard penned the most recent draft of the script for the film.

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