Affleck eyeing good "Company" of real-life drama

Wed Sep 24, 2008 4:14am EDT

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NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Ben Affleck is in talks to star in "The Company Men," and John Wells will direct the timely drama about a man whose life is up-ended by a financial downsizing.

Producer Wells is writing the screenplay about a man who is laid off and must cope with the financial consequences and the fallout at home.

The project would mark the feature directorial debut for Wells; the prolific writer-producer has directed episodes of television series like NBC's "ER."

As the U.S. endures financial turmoil, projects about economic hard times could gain traction at studios, picking up on a subgenre that has emerged over the past few years with titles like Paul Weitz's corporate-layoff dramedy "In Good Company."

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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