Ridley Scott will direct and produce period noir drama The Kind One for Warner Bros.
Casey Affleck is attached to star in the film, which is based on a novel by Tom Epperson, who will pen the screenplay.
Story, set in 1930s Los Angeles, centers on an amnesiac who finds himself working for a mobster — a killer given the nickname the Kind One — and falling in love with the thug’s girlfriend.
Scott and Jules Daly are producing for Scott Free; Ideaology’s Sean Bailey (Gone Baby Gone) is also producing.
“It’s a world that Ridley has never touched before, so that’s what drew him to the project,” said Daly, who worked with Affleck when she produced The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Scott’s Body of Lies, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe, is scheduled to be released by Warners in the fall.