Ben Affleck will direct and produce the historical drama “King Leopold’s Ghost,” set in the early 20th Century in the Congo.
The project will be developed by One Community. Affleck will produce via his Pearl Street Films banner, alongside Martin Scorsese who will produce via his Sikelia Productions banner. Harry and Gina Belafonte will also produce. Emma Koskoff-Tillinger is also producing for Sikelia. Madison Ainley will executive produce for Pearl Street.
Farhad Safinia is attached to write the script, inspired by Adam Hochschild’s best-selling book about Leopold II of Belgium’s plunder in the Congo and the Congolese who defied him and fought back.
The struggle sparked an unlikely alliance between a black American missionary, an English investigative journalist and an Irish spy, resulting in one of the first human rights movements in history.
One Community is a co-financier on Warner Bros.’ drama “Just Mercy,” starring Michael B. Jordan and Brie Larson. The film made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Affleck starred in and directed “Argo” and “The Town.” Key leading roles include “Justice League,” “The Accountant,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Gone Girl” and the upcoming “The Way Back.” He’s also a co-founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, which was launched in 2010 an advocacy and grant-making initiative for the people of eastern Congo.