Warner Bros. has offered The Town director Ben Affleck the job of helming Tales from the Gangster Squad, according to Vulture.

Will Beall is adapting a 2008 series of Los Angeles Times articles by Paul Lieberman. The story is set in the 1940s and centers on a secret LAPD unit of renegade cops who hunted down L.A. gangster Mickey Cohen. Interestingly enough, Will Beall was formerly an LAPD officer in South Central LA, although he's now a novelist and writes for the ABC series Castle.

It wasn't clear yet if Ben Affleck would accept the directorial gig. He is currently considering directing the pilot of a Showtime drama entitled Homeland, as well as an unknown Warner Bros. project that may star longtime friend Matt Damon.

We first reported on this movie project way back in 2008, when producer Dan Lin had optioned the articles by Lieberman. We'll be sure to keep you posted with any further information on Tales from the Gangster Squad as it becomes available.