Ben Affleck is about to shepherd a new project to the screen. Deadline exclusively reports that the beleaguered Batman actor has signed on to star in and produce an adaption of the Kate Alice Marshall novel I Am Still Alive, about a daughter lost in the woods with only her father’s dog for company. Affleck will play the father. While the idea of a gritty wilderness story with the Oscar winner in a pivotal role is incredibly intriguing, I can’t help but be surprised by Affleck’s involvement. The failure of his most recent directorial effort, Live by Night, along with the under-performance of his DCEU efforts, seemed to have taken a toll on the actor. For a while, I thought he might take a step back after his current projects were completed (particularly Triple Frontier, which has had, to say the least, a tumultuous production history, considering he had briefly exited that project). I’m glad to see him pressing forward despite his difficulties.
I have to admit to being a bit disappointed that Affleck won’t be directing this piece, as that might be a good way to shake off the misfire of Live By Night, considering it sounds as though his role would not be a leading one. Granted, that might be too much too soon, but I can’t wait to see what Affleck does next, especially behind the camera He is one of the greatest filmmakers of his generation and a true multi-hyphenate. Whenever he has a new project in the works, it’s always a topic of great interest given his track record. Hopefully, I Am Still Alive will serve as the first step towards a major comeback for Affleck.
Are you excited for Ben Affleck’s new project? Do you wish he was directing the adaption? Let us know in the comments!