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Ben Affleck To Direct Congo Drama KING LEOPOLD'S GHOST - Movies In Focus
Oscar-Winning director Ben Affleck is set to direct King Leopold’s Ghost, a historical drama about how the Congo was plundered by King Leopold II, the king of Belgium in the 1800s. Apocalypto writer Farhad Safinia will write the script for the film which will be produced by Affleck and superhero movie aficionado Martin Scorsese. Here’s the rather hefty plot breakdown from Deadline: The film will be based on the Adam Hochschild book King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa. The film covers an atrocious piece of history that is every bit as bad as the subtitle infers. Set at a moment when European countries were racing to find ways to carve up the natural resources of Africa, Leopold became the world’s richest man with billions stashed in secret bank accounts by gaining private ownership of the Congo Free State, and inserted a mercenary army to cruelly plunder rubber and ivory. He forced the locals to harvest it. Those who refused were dismembered or worse, and the book estimates that as many as 8 million were killed in this ruthless pursuit. This film is an account of the Congolese who defied Leopold II and fought back. Their heroic plight sparked a [...]