Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Ben Affleck's "Live by Night" to hit theaters Christmas 2015, Clint Eastwood-directed "Jersey Boys" arriving June 20, 2014

Warner Bros. just announced the release dates for two of their most anticipated upcoming releases (at least in my books). No, it's not Wonder Woman or Justice League, the films that Warner Bros. announced are Ben Affleck and Clint Eastwood's next directorial efforts. Those may not be as anticipated as Batman vs. Superman or the next Hobbit film, but they are films that could certainly win awards. In fact, it seems that Warner Bros. is directly positioning Affleck's next film as a leading Oscar contender.

But before we get to that, let's talk about Clint Eastwood's next film, the musical Jersey Boys. According to IMDb, Jersey Boys is the story of the Four Seasons, whose music came to define a generation. Jersey Boys was a famous stage musical and Eastwood seems to want to emulate that environment with the film. Christopher Walken is the only famous actor in the film, which is odd considering that Eastwood typically gets a solid ensemble to join him in his productions. But when you learn that Jersey Boys is going to be filled with stage actors, it doesn't sound so weird. Warner Bros. has now announced that the film will be released on June 20, 2014, which is pretty soon. All in all, I hope that Eastwood delivers a period piece/musical that tops his latest critical disappointments Hereafter and J. Edgar.

Ben Affleck's directorial career was sort of put on hold after that whole Batman thing erupted. He abandoned several projects including his adaptation of Stephen King's acclaimed novel The Stand. However, it seems that Affleck just couldn't get one project out of his mind. Apparently, Affleck's going to film Batman vs. Superman and then go on to direct his adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel Live by Night. The novel follows a mobster in Boston who becomes heavily involved in the organized crime world and moves to Florida where all the new action is. This film sounds like something right up Affleck's alley and I truly hope that this movie delivers. Warner Bros. announced yesterday that the film will be released December 25, 2015. That's so far away.

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