Earlier this week it was announced that friends Ben Affleck and Matt Damon were about to close a first-look deal with Warner Brothers that could see the duo working together a lot more, just like the good ol’ days when they were winning Oscars for movies like Good Will Hunting.
According to Deadline Hollywood, a project at WB entitled The Trade — that has already had the attention for Affleck and Damon for a long while now — is beginning to move forward with Affleck already set to direct the film and both actors considering starring in it as well.
The Trade tells the story of the 1973 sex scandal involving the New York Yankees, where two players — Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich — fell in love with each other’s wives and decided to simply trade. If they decided to star in the movie, Affleck would play Peterson, and Damon would of course play Kekich.
The script for the movie is by Dave Mandel, who also wrote for TV shows Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm. The script was so good, that it was included on the 2009 Black List, which annually names the very best screenplays that are still un-produced.
Being a born and raised Boston Red Sox fan, as both of these gentlemen also are, it pains me to even think of them playing Yankees in a movie. I’d prefer they just stick to directing and producing, personally.
However, it certainly wouldn’t be a first: Jimmy Fallon — who is an admitted Yankee fan — played the ultimate Red Sox fan in the Farrelly brothers’ Fever Pitch — a movie I watch traditionally every year when baseball is about to begin. Jack Nicholson is also a major Yankee fan, and the head of a Boston mob family in The Departed, he was expected to be a Red Sox fan. Old Jack wasn’t having any of that; the actor stood strong and refused to wear a Sox hat, as you can tell by his blank and boring lid in the movie.
I can only hope that if this happens, they’ll make those big bully Yankees look as negative as possible.