Wells keeps 'Company' with Affleck

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John Wells will direct and Ben Affleck is in talks to star in "The Company Men," a timely drama about a man whose life is upended by a financial downsizing.

Wells will produce via his eponymous banner and also is writing the screenplay about a man who is laid off and must cope with the financial consequences and the fallout at home. The script calls for a second male lead.

"Company" initially had been set up at Warners, where Wells' shingle has a deal, but it is in turnaround there; it has not yet been set up elsewhere.

The project would mark the feature directorial debut for the CAA-repped Wells; the writer-producer has directed episodes of series like NBC's "ER."

As the U.S. endures financial turmoil, projects about hard times could gain traction, picking up on a subgenre that has emerged over the past few years with titles like Paul Weitz's corporate-layoff dramedy "In Good Company." (partialdiff)
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