Boston and Ben Affleck go together like the Red Sox and Fenway Park, so it makes sense that Warner Bros. would court the director for its latest Boston-based project. But Affleck, who set his first two films (“Gone, Baby, Gone” and “The Town”) in present-day Boston, might need to brush up on his Beantown history before he takes the helm of the movie — it’s based on a book about the Battle of Bunker Hill, one of the key fights in the lead up to the American Revolution.
Warner Bros. acquired the rights this week to “Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution,” written by Nathaniel Philbrick and set for publication in April, with Affleck in mind to direct. Deadline reports that “Argo” screenwriter Chris Terrio would also pen this project, adding to its pedigree even in its infancy.
The book details the 1775 battle, which followed tensions that sprung up between British soldiers and Boston residents after the Boston Tea Party, leading to violent skirmishes in Lexington and Concord, and eventually at Bunker Hill. That clash set in motion the unification of the American patriots and was a major spark in the Revolutionary War. Philbrick’s account places special focus on a group of patriots led by a physician named Joseph Warren, as well as familiar names like George Washington and Paul Revere.
Though there’s no news on casting yet, fingers are crossed that Affleck’s “Good Will Hunting” co-star Matt Damon makes an appearance to ask a British solider, “How do you like them apples?” They can call the film “Good Hill Hunting.”
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