Affleck Snatches IRE Story

At a time when media outlets are scaling way back on investigative reporting, Ben Affleck is looking to highlight the origins of one of its best known service organizations.

He’s enlisted Sheldon Turner to write a script about Don Bolles, the Arizona Republic reporter who was killed in 1976 in a car bomb explosion as he was investigating the infiltration of organized crime into state government. The intent is for Affleck to direct the project, “Arizona,” reports Variety’s Michael Fleming.

Bolles was a co-founder of Investigative Reporters and Editors, and members of the org gathered a consortium of journalists from around the country to investigate his death. The resulting series of stories exposed a web of corruption, completing the work that Bolles had started.

Miramax, however, is depending on material in the public domain after trying to reach a rights deal with IRE.

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