Back in October, we reported that Argo director Ben Affleck is in talks to write and direct Live by Night for Warner Bros. Today, the filmmaker has confirmed that this will be his next project, and the primary reason why he dropped out of Focus last month.

"Basically I'm doing a movie called Live by Night and I'm trying to meet this schedule in order to do it, in order to meet the back end so that I can have it released at the right time, and I just hadn't gotten enough writing done and it became clear that if I took that job and was in Buenos Aires for three months, I was going to miss the deadline. I had to choose between getting the movie out when I want to or doing this one, so reluctantly I chose the [former]. But I love those guys, I love Kristen (Stewart), I was really excited to work with her, I think the movie is going to be fabulous, and I'm sure they'll find a great guy for it."
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Focus, from Crazy Stupid Love directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, centers on a con man who takes a young thief (Kristen Stewart) under his wing, although he falls for her and the relationship crumbles. Years later, they meet up again and begin to complicate each others lives even further.

Live by Night reunites Ben Affleck with author Dennis Lehane. Ben Affleck's directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone, is adapted from the Boston novelist's book. This new adaptation centers on the son of a police chief who takes to a life of crime.