The mighty Ben Affleck will direct, write and produce The Big Goodbye, a screen adaptation of Sam Wasson’s book The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood..
The book tells the behind-the-scenes story of the making of Roman Polanski‘s 1974 noir starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway as well as looking at how the auteur friendly ’70s Hollywood was replaced by a more corporate driven business. Saturday Night Live’s Lorne Michaels picked-up the rights to the book and brought it to Paramount Pictures, he’ll produce alongside Affleck.
Chinatown, one of the iconic films of the 1970s was written by the great Robert Towne (it won the Original Screenplay Oscar) and produced by the irrepressible Robert Evans. The film grossed $24 million when it was released.
The Big Goodbye would mark Affleck’s fifth film as director, his last being 2016’s under-appreciated Live By Night. Affleck was apparently drawn to the project because of his love of film history, and it would be his third film about Hollywood’s behind the scenes shenanigans after Hollywoodland and Argo.
It’s not known if Affleck will star in the The Big Goodbye, but it’ll be very interesting to see who ends up playing Nicholson, Dunaway, Evans and Polanski. Suggestions in three…two…one…