Just to prove that I have an interest in movies that aren’t based on comic books, I now give you a bit of info about an upcoming movie based on a crime novel, instead.
Variety reports that
I’ve been wondering when someone was going to get around to making one of the Kenzie-Gennaro books into a movie, especially given the phenomenal success of
While I’m not surprised Affleck picked this movie as the one to use as his first project as a director, what does suprise me is that he’s not casting himself as Patrick Kenzie. For all of the mocking Affleck gets these days, it’s really less his acting that’s been the problem with his career than his choice of parts (or his inability to choose–he seems to subscribe to Michael Caine’s “I never met a script I didn’t like” philosophy) and his choice of near-spouses. He can act, at least competently, when he’s got a part that calls for it, and Kenzie’s a perfect part for him: self-effacing, not as tough as he pretends to be, surprisingly caring for a noir-ish gumshoe, and a Southie to boot. I can picture him in the role easily. Does he not want to overextend himself by acting in the first movie he’s directing? If so, I can understand that, though I feel compelled to point out how well recent history shows
Another bit of weirdness is that Gone isn’t the first of the Kenzie-Gennaro novels, though for the most part I don’t think the order matters a whole lot; to the best of my knowledge, to date only one has had major status-quo shattering impact on the next, so if Gone is successful they could easily pick up with whichever one of the other books seemed like the best bet.
Anyway, I’m tentatively looking forward to this one, pending cast and screenplay announcements. And I can at least take comfort in the fact that