Ben Affleck Travels to ARIZONA

     December 9, 2008

Written by Matt Goldberg

What will be Ben Affleck’s follow-up to his highly-acclaimed directorial debut, “Gone Baby Gone”? Now that it’s cool to like Affleck, everyone is anxious to know what he’ll do next as a director (as an actor, indifference remains, but if you’re curious, he’ll be in “He’s Just Not That Into You” followed by “State of Play”). The answer may be “Arizona“, a fact-based drama based on the death of Don Bolles, an investigative reporter for the Arizona Republic. In 1976, Bolles was killed in a car bomb explosion as he was investigating the infiltration of organized crime into state government. Bolles was a co-founder of a group called the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), whose members rallied to his cause shortly after his death, completing the work that Bolles had begun, so note to mafia: do not blow up guys who are founding members of investigative organizations. Actually, you may just want to refrain from blowing up guys entirely.

Of course, does this mean that Affleck’s next directing project is “Arizona” instead of the previous announced “The Town”? Does this mean he’s no longer attached to “The Town”? All these questions and more will most likely be answered at a junket or through a well-connected journalist.

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