Our good friends over at TrackingBoard have learned that Ben Affleck is currently gearing up for his next directorial gig. They report he’s in talks with Sony for their Afghan War flick Red Platoon which has recent Oscar winner Casey Affleck eyed to star.
Based on the memoir by Clinton Romesha, Red Platoon tells the story of the Battle of Kamdesh, which took place during the War in Afghanistan. On Oct. 3, 2009, more than 300 Taliban fighters launched a pre-dawn raid on Outpost Keating, a remote and controversial American outpost near the Afghan-Pakistani border, overrunning its perimeter defenses and breaching its wire. Staff Sgt. Romesha, a husband, and father of three children planned and led a small band of soldiers in a counterattack against seemingly insurmountable odds, saving dozens of American lives, and ultimately receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions.
The two previously teamed for Ben’s directorial debut Gone Baby Gone, considered still one of his best films to date. It’s a bit odd that Ben would be courting a Sony Pictures project given his status at Warner Bros.
Red Platoon is a project to keep an eye on for sure.
SOURCE: TRACKING BOARD