Affleck remaking Witness For The Prosecution

Classic courtroom drama Witness For The Prosecution is getting the remake treatment, with Ben Affleck to direct and star…

Ben Affleck is negotiating with Fox to direct and star in an upcoming Witness For The Prosecution remake, the classic courtroom thriller directed by Billy Wilder.

The 1957 film noir courtroom drama Witness For The Prosecution was a film adaptation of a play by Agatha Christie, originally written in 1925. Witness For The Prosecution starred the legendary Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester and Tyrone Power. Adapted by Larry Marcus, Harry Kurnitz and Wilder, the movie got six Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor and Actress and Best Director – meaning that the remake has big shoes to fill both in terms of its acting pedigree as well as critical acclaim. Indeed, the movie (and play) has a great pay-off that still packs a punch today.

Christopher Keyser who created TV’s  Party Of Five and writes for the FX series Tyrant, will write the screenplay for the remake, while Affleck will produce with Jennifer Todd, Matt Damon and the Agatha Christie estate.

Affleck’s next film is Live By Night,  an adaptation of teh Dennis Lehane period crime novel, and then there’s the small matter of his Batman standalone movie, which he’s set to direct and produce as well as star. The perpetually busy Affleck will also executive-produce Justice League, and then there’s also this autumn’s The Accountant, the Gavin O’Connor-directed thriller in which Affleck plays a maths genius alongside Anna Kendrick and JK Simmons. Doesn’t Affleck ever sleep?

Entertainment Weekly