No, this is not a videogame. With James Gray developing his own first-person point-of-view thriller The Gray Man, with Brad Pitt attached, Ben Affleck eyes a similar project of his own.
THR reports that the Gone Baby Gone and The Town director has entered talks to produce and direct Line of Sight for Warner Bros. and Joel Silver and Andrew Rona. With a concept hatched by Alex Heineman of Silver Pictures, the film will follow “an elite commando squad transporting cargo while dealing with a global threat.” Told from a first-person POV, the videogame comparisons don’t end there as Halo: Reach writer Peter O’Brien has worked on the script, afeter a spec by F. Scott Frazier.
The concept sounds extremely gimmicky and potentially nauseating, but Affleck is a smart director, as he proved with his first two features. It will be interesting to see if this project duels with the one Gray is developing. Affleck has just begun shooting his thriller Argo, which follows a CIA team who is dispatched to rescue citizens during the Iran hostage crisis, but they go disguised as a sci-fi film crew. Affleck stars alongside Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Clea DuVall, Alan Arkin and Scoot McNairy, but no word if he will lead this project.
Expect a 2012 release for Argo, and if Affleck choose this as his next project, a 2013 shoot.
Do you think this idea is took gimmicky or can Affleck succeed with it?