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OTRC: Ben Affleck to direct film about Tehran hostage crisis?

Ben Affleck in a still from his 2010 movie, 'The Town.' (Warner Bros. Entertainment/Claire Folger)

Ben Affleck is in negotiations to direct "Argo," an adaptation of a WIRED magazine article which detailed the true-life story of the early 1980's Tehran hostage crisis, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

George Clooney and Grant Helov ("Good Night and Good Luck," "The Men Who State at Goats") will be producing the movie along with David Klawans ("Nacho Libre"). "Argo" promises some wry humor as the 2007 article was titled, "How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran," which only just begins to describe the mission on which this political thriller flick will be based.

The WIRED article was written by Joshuah Bearman. The piece described the rescue mission to save six United States diplomats after the American embassy in Tehran was taken over by Iranians in 1979. The mission involved a disguise expert who transformed the diplomats into members of a fake film crew who were allegedly scouting for a movie called, "Argo."

At the time, comic illustrator Jack Kirby drew up fake sketches for the film, which is what eventually sold Iran on the movie's legitimacy and allowed the 'crew' to flee the country.

Recent reports have attached Affleck to several projects since Affleck's last directorial effort, "The Town" garnered critical success and earned a 'Best Actor in a Supporting Role' Oscar nomination for Affleck's co-star, Jeremy Renner.

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