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ARGO’s Ben Affleck & Chris Terrio directing/writing BUNKER HILL Film

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Ben Affleck and Chris Terrio will join forces again for Bunker Hill. Argo director Ben Affleck will direct the film adaptation of Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick and it will be written by Argo screenwriter Chris Terrio. Warner Bros. acquired the adaptation with a  “six-figure against seven-figure deal for screen rights” for the book. “Bunker Hill is hailed as the battle that lit the fuse for the American Revolution in 1775.” This will mark the third film in which Ben Affleck films in his native Boston.

The official book synopsis for Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution:

Boston in 1775 is an island city occupied by British troops after a series of incendiary incidents by patriots who range from sober citizens to thuggish vigilantes. After the Boston Tea Party, British and American soldiers and Massachusetts residents  have warily maneuvered around each other until April 19, when violence finally erupts at Lexington and Concord.  In June, however, with the city cut off from supplies by a British blockade and Patriot militia poised in siege, skirmishes give way to outright war in the Battle of Bunker Hill. It would be the bloodiest battle of the Revolution to come, and the point of no return for the rebellious colonists.

Philbrick brings a fresh perspective to every aspect of the story. He finds new characters, and new facets to familiar ones. The real work of choreographing rebellion falls to a thirty-three year old physician named Joseph Warren who emerges as the on-the-ground leader of the Patriot cause and is fated to die at Bunker Hill. Others in the cast include Paul Revere, Warren’s fiancé the poet Mercy Scollay, a newly recruited George Washington, the reluctant British combatant General Thomas Gage and his more bellicose successor William Howe, who leads the three charges at Bunker Hill and presides over the claustrophobic cauldron of a city under siege as both sides play a nervy game of brinkmanship for control.

With passion and insight, Philbrick reconstructs the revolutionary landscape—geographic and ideological—in a mesmerizing narrative of the robust, messy, blisteringly real origins of America.

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Source: Deadline


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