In June, Deadline reported that Warner Bros. was hoping to re-team Accountant director Gavin O’Connor and star Ben Affleck on project titled The Has-Been, but at the time they said the deal hadn’t closed despite the studio wanting to fast-track it.
Well, it looks like things are indeed a go.
Omega Underground has learned Warner Bros. is keen on moving forward with the film and have set a start date for October 25th in Los Angeles, California.
The film focuses on former high school basketball superstar Jack Cummingham (Ben Affleck), who has descended into alcoholism after a family tragedy leading to the end of his marriage and career. He then is tasked to coach is former high school basketball team that is currently under-performing. Jack tries to sober-up for the sake of the team but still struggles throughout even during the team’s successes.
The script was penned by Out of The Furnace and Run All Night screenwriter Brad Ingelsby.
This news would surely fuel previous chatter that Gavin’s Suicide Squad 2 wouldn’t be filming anytime soon, as reflected by the busy production schedules of leading stars Margot Robbie and Will Smith. This would suggest that the DC Comics sequel likely won’t begin filming until late 2019 or early 2020 (our speculation), that’s if Gavin stays on to direct.
Affleck is expected to wrap filming on Dee Rees’ political thriller The Last Thing He Wanted on August 12th. The film is set for release on Netflix, as is Ben’s other thriller Triple Frontier directed by J.C. Chandor.
Ben Affleck was recently announced to direct a true-crime flick starring Matt Damon at Fox, with screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese handling the adaptation of How An Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game And Stole Millions. We hope the title ends up a little shorter.
Gavin O’Connor is also attached to direct a sequel to The Accountant with Ben reprising his role.
Warner Bros. has yet to set a release date for the film.
SOURCE: OMEGA UNDERGROUND