Ben Affleck is set to star and direct the WWII drama ‘Ghost Story’ for Universal Pictures.
The movie will be an adaptation of ‘The Ghost Army of World War II’ by Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles and will also incorporate elements of the Netflix documentary ‘Ghost Army’.
The story deals with a secret U.S. Army unit of 1100 troops that was set up in 1944 and operated until 1945 in the final stages of World War II. The unit consisted of numerous visual artists and designers who used a combination of different tricks to convince the enemy of the presence of specific Army units that weren’t there – from inflatable rubber tanks and jeeps to loudspeakers playing recordings of a troop activity.
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The latest draft of the script is written by ‘True Detectives’ Nic Pizzolatto. Affleck will also produce alongside Andrew Lazar. Affleck is said to have been circling this project for some time but his busy schedule has prevented him from taking it forward until now.
The production is still very much in development so as to when filming commences or a scheduled release may take place is still a long way from happening.
Affleck is no stranger to the director’s chair, he has helmed the likes of ‘Gone Baby Gone’, ‘Argo’ and 2016’s ‘Live By Night’. This will mark his fifth project behind the camera. On the acting front, having relinquished his Bat cape, Affleck was last seen in Netflix’s ‘Triple Frontier’. His upcoming projects include the drama ‘Torrance’ and Dee Rees ‘The Last Thing He Wanted’ alongside Anne Hathaway and William Dafoe.