Screenwriter Hillary Seitz is all geared for the film adaptation to Kate Southwood's debut novel, which became widely popular back in 2013. As Bron Studios has purchased the rights to the project, which will be based on the award-winning author’s Falling to Earth, Ben Affleck has been roped in to star in the upcoming venture. The movie will be produced by Bron Studio's Aaron L Gilbert, along with Affleck and Matt Damon's Pearl Street Films. Madison Ainley from Pearl Street is on the executive producer’s seat. This will mark Affleck's second project for Bron. There were reports that Affleck would direct Falling to Earth but there has been no confirmation on that front yet, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Affleck last appeared on screen in Netflix's Triple Frontier and recently wrapped his first project with Bron titled The Way Back. He was also seen in The Last Thing He Wanted. His last directorial project was the 2016 film Live by Night and the Oscar-winning Argo in 2012.
The best-selling book Falling to Earth unravels the tragedies in a small town, Marah. The vicinity is hit by the strongest tornado in US history, leaving the entire community in a state of shock. Hundreds are dead, injured or homeless and all structures and homes are destroyed with one exception — Paul Graves and his family, who make sure to secure their home, business and children. The story then follows the Graves family in the days and months that follow as they come to terms with their fate and the stark contrast of their neighbors. "They watch helplessly as Marah tries to resurrect itself from the ruins and as their friends and neighbors begin to wonder, then resent, how one family, and only one, could be exempt from terrible misfortune. As the town begins to recover, the family miscalculates the growing hostility around them with tragic results,” reads the novel’s synopsis.