Live by Night is an upcoming American crime film directed and written by Ben Affleck, based on the 2012 novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane. The film stars Affleck, Chris Messina, Sienna Miller, Brendan Gleeson, Zoe Saldana, Chris Cooper and Elle Fanning, and will be released on January 13, 2017.
Set in the 1920s and 1930s, the story follows Joe Coughlin, the prodigal son of a Boston police captain. After moving to Ybor City, Tampa, Florida, he becomes a bootlegger and a rum-runner and, later, a notorious gangster.
Warner Bros. acquired the rights to Dennis Lehane’s Live by Night in April 2012 with the intention of developing the project as a starring vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio through his Appian Way Productions. In October 2012, it was announced that Ben Affleck would direct, write and star in the project; he and Jennifer Todd would produce through their Pearl Street Films, along with Appian Way’s DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran. In May 2014, Lehane said he had “seen Affleck’s script, a very good script, but it’s up to what Ben’s schedule allows. He’s out playing Batman right now, so we’ll see what happens.”