Date: 25th April 2019
Ben Affleck is set to star and direct the WWII drama ‘Ghost Story’ for Universal Pictures.
The movie will be an adaptation of 'The Ghost Army of World War II' by Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles and will also incorporate elements of the Netflix documentary 'Ghost Army'.
The story deals with a secret U.S. Army unit of 1100 troops that was set up in 1944 and operated until 1945 in the final stages of World War II. The unit consisted of numerous visual artists and designers who used a combination of different tricks to convince the enemy of the presence of specific Army units that weren’t there - from inflatable rubber tanks and jeeps to loudspeakers playing recordings of a troop activity.
It would be a welcome return of Affleck's writing/directing efforts, as he's been out of action in those respects since 2017's unfortunate flop Live By Night. But with his acting chops still moving along, most recently in Netflix's Triple Frontier, one third of the equation is already raring to go with the challenges that Ghost Army will present.
Source: Press Release