Ben Affleck has lined up his next film as both director and star.
The star and filmmaker of Argo, The Town and Live By Night will be directing Ghost Army, based on the true-story book The Ghost Army of World War II: How One Top-Secret Unit Deceived the Enemy with Inflatable Tanks, Sound Effects, and Other Audacious Fakery, authored by Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles. Affleck will also be producing the film alongside Andrew Lazar (American Sniper).
The Universal Pictures project has its most recent screenplay draft written by Nic Pizzolatto, who may be best known as the creator and write of HBO anthology series True Detective. Pizzolatto has worked from a draft penned by Shazam! screenwriter Henry Gayden.
And no, despite that title, Ghost Army isn’t an ol’ school campy horror flick. The fascinating true story tells of how a squadron of U.S. soldiers, picked for their creativity and ingenuity, used a variety of tricks to deceive German forces during WWII. Blow-up tanks, noise machines, fake radio transmissions and more smoke-and-mirror illusions were used to make enemy forces believe a number of things, including that armies were in positions they weren’t even close to. The team of soldiers saved countless of lives with their creative tactics.
Affleck recently starred alongside Oscar Isaac, Pedro Pascal and more in Netflix thriller Triple Frontier and has a number of other projects in the pipeline, including basketball drama Torrance, crime-drama The Last Thing He Wanted, and a potential sequel to The Accountant.