Affleck pens, produces family pic
Warner Bros. has acquired “Aardvark Art’s Ark,” a Casey Affleck-penned screenplay for an animated family film. Affleck will exec produce.Pic revolves around the adventures of an animal family aboard Noah’s Ark. Script is the second for Affleck, who co-wrote with Matt Damon the Gus Van Sant-directed “Gerry,” which starred both Damon and Affleck. Affleck stars with Michelle Monaghan, Ed Harris and Morgan Freeman in “Gone, Baby, Gone,” the Miramax adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel that Ben Affleck scripted and directed. For WB, Affleck is also ready to reprise his role as Virgil Malloy in “Ocean’s Thirteen,” which begins production in the fall under director Steven Soderbergh. Affleck just completed starring alongside Brad Pitt in “The Assassination of Jesse James” for the studio. He also starred in the Tony Goldwyn-directed “The Last Kiss” for Paramount.