Over the last few years, Ben Affleck's comeback really has to be considered one of the more impressive in Hollywood. After both the 2003 mega bomb Gigli (don't bother learning how to pronounce it, it isn't worth the effort), and his ill-fated relationship with co-star Jennifer Lopez, people were tired of him as an actor and even more as a person. Four years later, he amazed everyone with his directing abilities in Gone Baby Gone, one of the best crime thrillers to had come along in years. He followed it up with 2010's well-made The Town, and is now up to direct a new adaptation of Stephen King's classic The Stand. That was also after being offered (and turning down) the chance to helm the newest Superman movie. That kind of creative rebirth is the stuff of legend, folks.
Now, according to GQ he'll be directing his longtime friend and acting collaborator Matt Damon in a biopic of notorious South Boston crime-lord Whitey Bulger. Damon is set to star, with Sopranos writer Terence Winter to pen the screenplay. It certainly isn't breaking any new ground in terms of genre, but it does mark the first time Affleck will be directing. Considering what he's been able to do with it so far, I'd say it's still something to look forward too. And just imagine what we'd think if someone had said the same thing back in 2003.