Disney's Touchstone has made a deal for a pic based on a true story that will star Ben Affleck and Matt Damon as lawyers who spent 15 years overturning a murder conviction, their first project together since "Dogma" reports Variety.
Affleck will play Michael Banks and Damon will be J. Gordon Cooney, two lawyers at a Philadelphia firm that took on a pro bono appeal that turned into a 15-year crusade. The lawyers won nine stays of execution for death-row inmate John Thompson and finally got him exonerated of all charges.
The untitled drama will be scripted by Chris Murphey. Affleck will next be seen playing George "Superman" Reeves in the Allen Coulter-directed "Hollywoodland", and will direct "Gone Baby Gone" in Boston this summer. Damon will next be seen in "The Departed", "The Good Shepherd", "The Bourne Ultimatum" and "Ocean's Thirteen".