Ben Affleck to Direct ‘Keeper of the Lost Cities’ Adaptation – Deadline


EXCLUSIVE: Ben Affleck continues to build his future dance card and seems to have found another possible director job to add to his slate. Sources tell Deadline that Disney is in development on a live-action film based on the best-selling book series Guardian of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger, with Affleck attached to directing. He will also produce through his Pearl Street banner and adapt the screenplay with Kate Gritmon. Madison Ainley will embark as executive producer.
In the bestselling novel, a telepathic girl must figure out why she is the key to her whole new world before the wrong person first finds the answer. When 12-year-old Sophie finally discovers where her secret telepathic ability comes from, she learns that she is in fact not human but that she comes from another world which coexists with ours.

There are over 2.5 million books printed and counted in the series, with book 8.5 Unlocked (released in November) just named Best Young Readers Book of 2020 by Barnes & Noble. He is also a semi-finalist of the Goodreads Choice Award 2020 and a gold medalist in California.

Affleck’s recent sports drama The way back earned him some of the best reviews of his career on the acting front. Warner Bros. is so impressed that the studio is planning to run an awards campaign for its acclaimed performance this Oscar season.

It is replaced by WME. Gritmon is replaced by Kaplan Perrone, Paradigm and HWHM + F.


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