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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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