Ben Affleck Will Make A Film "The Big Goodbye" About The Creation Of Roman Polanski's "Chinatown"
Ben Affleck is adapting Sam Wasson's book The Big Goodbye, dedicated to the creation of Roman Polanski's Chinatown neo-Noir, according to Deadline.
Affleck will also write the script and produce the film with Lorne Michaels, the writer of "Saturday Night Live," who got the rights to the book.
"Chinatown" was released in 1974. The film was about Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson), a Los Angeles detective who is hired by a rich woman (Faye Dunaway) in the hope of finding out who her husband is having an affair with. Taking up the case, Gitts falls into a cycle of scandals and corruption. "Chinatown" received 11 Oscar nominations, but won one — "Best original screenplay" (Robert Towne).
Affleck's film will show how the shooting and work on the script took place. Besides, Wasson's book traces the change in Hollywood in the 1970s, when the author's movies were gradually replaced by Studio blockbusters. The film will feature many celebrities, including Nicholson, Dunaway, and former Paramount chief Robert Evans. Deadline believes that they will be played by famous actors. Whether Affleck himself will be among them is not yet known.
Last year, the media reported that David Fincher is developing a prequel to "Chinatown" for Netflix. The hero of the series will be a young Gitts, who has just opened his Agency. Fincher is to direct a pilot based on Towne's script.