Ben Affleck’s ‘Live by Night,’ ‘Accountant’ Release Dates Pushed Back

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Two Ben Affleck projects, “The Accountant” and “Live by Night,” have had their release dates pushed back, Warner Bros. announced Friday.

“The Accountant,” which stars Affleck as an accountant who moonlights as an assassin, will now be released on Oct. 7, 2016, after originally being slated for Jan. 29, 2016.

“Live by Night,” Affleck’s first directorial effort since “Argo,” has been moved from an Oct. 7, 2016, release to an unknown date in 2017. The pic will be based on Dennis Lehane’s Prohibition-era crime novel.

The news comes on the heels of rumors that Affleck might star in, co-write and direct a standalone Batman film with Geoff Johns.

When Variety broke the news last month that “Live by Night” was greenlit for a November start, sources added that there was a strong possibility that its release date would change, given WB’s awards hopes for the pic. By delaying till 2017, Affleck is given more time to devote to the project.

As for “The Accountant,” production had already finished earlier this summer, so it’s unknown why the film was pushed to October, other than the possibility of filling the slot “Live by Night” is vacating with another Affleck film.

Affleck can next be seen in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which bows  March 25, 2016.

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  1. Handyortung says:

    Messina, who previously worked with Affleck on Argo, would play his best friend and partner in crime.

  2. Stanley O says:

    Rumors abound that Battfleck is amazing in the new BATMAN V SUPERMAN flick. WB knows its got a winner in a hot property, post-Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. No matter how you cut it, Batman rules all superhero characters in print, TV, and film. WB getting ready to print money again.

  3. djpetemarriott says:

    Smart move by Warner Bros. to shift the release dates so Affleck can have some breathing room from the critics when Batman Vs. Superman hits the theaters. This not only shows they are seriously interested in being apart of the Ben Affleck business, but building a trust of confidence with his brand and the fans that follow…

  4. Rhea Tardman says:

    This simpleton banged the hired help and thought he could get away with it? What a prince.

  5. Gary Gygax says:

    Has a single “Prohibition-era” movie made money in the past decade? Maybe it’s time to accept that the public doesn’t give a shit about this era. I can’t think of a movie in this period since “The Untouchables” that I really was excited to see. (Cable TV has done interesting things with it, like “Boardwalk Empire,” but serialized television is such a different animal.)

  6. Pooshpa says:

    Isn’t this headline wildly speculative? Justice League will start shooting first quarter 2016, there’s no way for a standalone Batman film would be able to shoot in between now and then.

    The Accountant move was not unexpected, with the January 29 release a mere two months before Batman Superman opens March 25.

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