20th Century Fox is reportedly close to a deal with Ben Affleck to direct and star in Witness for the Prosecution, an adaptation of an Agatha Christie short story. Affleck would also produce with Jennifer Todd, Matt Damon and the Christie Estate while Christopher Keyser will write the script.
A 1957 adaptation directed by Billy Wilder pulled in 6 Oscar Nominations including Best Picture, Actor, Actress and Director. The film starred Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich and Charles Laughton. The film synopsis reads:
The affable Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power) is being tried for the murder of a wealthy woman, and legendary lawyer Sir Wilfrid Robarts (Charles Laughton) has chosen to represent him. Unfortunately, Leonard’s alibi depends on the testimony of his callous wife, Christine (Marlene Dietrich) — who, after the discovery of a legal loophole, makes the shocking decision to appear in court against him. To Sir Wilfrid’s surprise, this is only the first in a series of puzzling revelations and reversals.
Affleck is going to be very busy as he is supposed to be co-writing and directing the next Batman film as well as producing Justice League and will have to do promotional tours for Live By Night and The Accountant.