Author Nathaniel Philbrick has announced on Twitter (@natphilbrick) that Ben Affleck will be at the helm of the adaptation of his upcoming historical novel Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution set for publication on April 30.
The novel is based on historical events that took place in Boston in 1775 during the first years of the American Revolution, the war of independence against Great Britain. The story will mainly focus on Bunker Hill which was the bloodiest battle during this period.
The adaptation of this chapter of American history will be undertaken by screenwriter Chris Terrio who won an Oscar for Argo.
The film will allow Ben Affleck to return to Boston where he grew up with Matt Damon and where he set his first two films, Gone Baby Gone and The Town. The winner of the 2013 Oscar for Best Film is currently working on Live By Night, a movie adaptation of a Dennis Lehane novel that will also take place in the capital of Massachusetts during Prohibition. Ben Affleck will act in the movie as well as direct and produce along with Leonardo DiCaprio.