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.
According to Deadline, Affleck has his eye on two other scripts to go along with 'American B*llshit.' The first is 'The Trade,' which chronicles the bizarre real-life wife swap between New York Yankees pitchers Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich. Team functions must have been interesting after that happened
The other potential project is based on a script entitled 'Replay,' which is an adaptation of a novel about a 43 year old radio journalist who dies and wakes up as his 18 year old self and gets to live his life over.
'American B*llshit' is set up at Sony, while 'The Trade' and 'Replay' are at Warner Bros. Affleck has ties to Warners thanks to the first look deal he and Matt Damon have with the studio.
Potential loyalty aside, 'American B*llshit' feels like the most promising of these projects. 'The Trade' has some potential as well, but seems better suited to a different director. 'Replay's' story is just far too familiar for it to work as a follow up to a potential award winning film – at least that's our take. Tell us if you agree or not in the comment section below. Whatever happens, one thing seems certain – we'll be seeing more films with Ben Affleck behind the camera in the near future.