Say it ain't so, Ben? According to a scoop Dark Horizons picked up, Ben Affleck is interested in remaking Play Misty for Me. The 1967 film was Clint Eastwood's directorial debut, and is probably one of the only Eastwood flicks that could be remade without people immediately cursing the heavens above. Affleck, who I happened to catch last night at an early screening of Smokin' Aces (sorry folks, but I'm not allowed to talk about that film, apart from the fact that it was annoyingly delicious), is supposedly in talks to produce and direct the pic. Right now, it looks like Jason Smilovic (Lucky Number Slevin) will pen the script, and Eastwood himself might even attach himself as producer -- I guess to make sure Affleck doesn't muck the whole thing up.
In the original, Eastwood played a DJ who has a one-night-stand with a woman only to later discover that she was an obsessed fan, hell-bent on going all Fatal Attraction on this cowboy. No word yet on whether Affleck will follow in Eastwood's footsteps and also star in the film, but those of you who are curious about the dude's directing skills won't have to wait much longer, as Affleck's first attempt behind the camera, Gone, Baby, Gone, is due out next year. While I'd be interested in seeing a contemporary version of
Fatal AttractionPlay Misty for Me, I would like to see a film that reverses the roles. (Does Hard Candy count?) How do you hardcore Eastwood fans feel about this one?