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Affleck Directs Tehran Hostage Feature "Argo"

By Garth Franklin Friday February 4th 2011 02:03AM

Ben Affleck is in early negotiations to direct the Tehran hostage crisis-themed "Argo" says The Hollywood Reporter.

Based on Joshuah Bearman's 2007 Wired magazine article, the wryly humoured political thriller would center on how, during the occupation of the American embassy by Iranians in 1979, a rescue effort was mounted by the CIA and the Canadian government to extract six U.S. diplomats.

The CIA used a disguise expert and concocted a scenario that involved the six being a Hollywood crew scouting a sci-fi movie titled "Argo:. Under those disguises, and with the help of artwork by legendary comics creator Jack Kirby, they were able to flee the country.

Chris Terrio wrote the screenplay while David Klawans, George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing.

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