With 'The Town' generating lots of award season hype, director Ben Affleck is suddenly in demand – and the actor/director is currently lining up potential candidates for his next project. The script currently at the top of the list is Eric Warren Singer's 'American B*llshit,' which was recently included on the annual Black List of unproduced screenplays floating around Hollywood. It came in at number eight.

Based on a true story, 'American B*llshit' chronicles the FBI's infamous ABSCAM sting operation. Set up during the 1970s and early '80s, the investigation was tasked with rooting out corruption in Congress. The Feds hired a former con man to run the scam, which featured a fictitious sheikh trying to convince politicians to give him asylum in the US, take part in his investment scheme and help him get his money out of his native country. ABSCAM eventually took down a United States Senator, five members of the House of Representatives, and several other smaller politicians from New Jersey and Philadelphia. The project sounds like something that would be suited to Affleck's talents and it's easy to imagine a star-studded cast signing on for the film ('American B*llshit' feels like it has George Clooney written all over it – maybe Matt Damon, too).

Of course, being an in demand director means Affleck has options. Hit the jump to check out a few of the other projects he's considering.
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