Ben Affleck going to 'Town'

He's in talks to topline, helm, rewrite heist flick

Ben Affleck is in negotiations to direct and star in "The Town," a dark heist-romance hybrid, for Warner Bros. Graham King is producing the movie through his GK Films.

Affleck will rewrite an existing script by Peter Craig with revisions by Chuck Hogan, who wrote the novel "Prince of Thieves," on which the film is based. Adrian Lyne was once attached to direct.

The story involves a high-tension love triangle between a female bank manager, a longtime thief who stole more than her heart and an equally smitten FBI agent trying to bust the crook and his gang before they can pull another big job.

King has "Edge of Darkness," with Mel Gibson and Ray Winstone, shooting in Boston.

Affleck, repped by Endeavor, directed his similarly toned first film, "Gone Baby Gone," last year. He co-wrote that drama, adapted from a Dennis Lehane novel, with Aaron Stockard. He won an Oscar in 1998 for writing "Good Will Hunting" with Matt Damon.

As an actor, Affleck has the comedy "He's Just Not That Into You" coming out in February via New Line and the political thriller "State of Play" due in April from Universal. He is filming Mike Judge's new comedy "Extract."