If you were a huge fan of the 2016 assassin film The Accountant and have been waiting to see Ben Affleck re-team with the film’s director, Gavin O’Connor, you may be in luck — kinda. I say kinda because you may only really love The Accountant because of the type of film it is, not the talent involved, and from the sound of it, the next film these two could work together on doesn’t resemble that film in any way.
According to Deadline, the two are circling a script called The Has-Been by Brad Ingelsby. Warner Bros. is reportedly trying to make a deal to fast-track the film, although nothing has been set in stone by this point. So what’s the film about? Here’s what the outlet says.
“It centers on a former basketball all-star, who has lost his wife and family foundation in a struggle with addiction. He attempts to regain his soul and salvation by becoming the coach of a disparate ethnically mixed high school basketball team at his alma mater. Affleck wants to play the former hoops star, and O’Connor will direct.”
Eesh…Call me cynical, but this premise feels like something that would have come out of the 2000s. While I can understand the desire for some people to tell this story, I feel like we’ve had enough of those movies about some white dude coming in and rescuing a bunch of black and brown high-schoolers. Yes, I know that sounds understandably racist of me, but the point is that the premise is something of a tired cliché.
But these two are definite talents, and I’d at least be interested in giving it a glance-over if it did get made. But what do you think of this news? Sound off down below!
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