Damon will make his feature directorial debut in the untitled pic
Matt Damon plans to make his feature directorial debut in an untitled, mid-budget drama that he and John Krasinski co-wrote and will star in together for Warner Bros.
Project will be set up at Krasinski’s Sunday Night Productions banner. Chris Moore will produce.
Pic is not the long-rumored “Father Daughter Time,” which many speculated in June, when Damon said he was considering a directing project with Krasinski in the cast.
Instead, project is something Krasinski came up with and developed with author Dave Eggers (who co-wrote Krasinski-starrer “Away We Go”). Damon would play a salesman who arrives in a small town only to have his whole life called into question. Krasinski’s role was not revealed.
Warner Bros. is yet to greenlight the project, and no individual deals are yet in place, though preliminary plans are to shoot the project on the East Coast in the near future.
Jesse Ehrman is overseeing for Warner Bros.
Sources tell Variety that the budget would be around $12 million and that the two would try to get a script finished within the next month.
While both Damon and Krasinski are known for acting, both have dabbled with off-screen work: Damon’s career skyrocketed after penning and starring in the Miramax pic “Good Will Hunting,” which won him an Academy for original screenplay.
Krasinski only recently started his writing career, having penned and directed the IFC pic “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.”
Damon is currently filming the Sony/MRC co-production “Elysium.” Krasinski can still be seen on the NBC skein “The Office.”
Both thesps are repped by WME.
Looks like Liberace production will start next year! Sure seems like an awesome story! From Hollywood Reporter:
Michael Douglas and Matt Damon have been tapped to star in HBO Films’ Liberace biopic.
Behind the Candelabrawill star Douglas as Liberace in the project that takes a behind-the-scenes look at the relationship between the legendary entertainer and Scott Thorson, his younger, live-in lover (Damon).
The project will be executive produced by Jerry Weintraub (Ocean’s Eleven) and produced by Gregory Jacobs (The Informant!) and Susan Ekins (The Karate Kid series), with Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) directing the script by Richard LaGravenese (Water for Elephants).
“This is a story that’s going to surprise a lot of people,” HBO Films president Len Amato said Tuesday in announcing the casting. “It’s funny, heartbreaking and always fascinating, and we are delighted that Jerry and Steven brought the film to HBO. With Steven at the helm, directing such accomplished actors as Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, this is a dream project for us.”
Production will begin next summer in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Palm Springs.
For Weintraub, the project marks a reunion with the premium cable network that aired his biopic, His Way this year.
“I’ve wanted to make a film about Liberace for a very long time, and after the amazing experience I had with HBO on His Way, I knew that they were absolutely the right place for this movie,” he said. “I am thrilled that we have the incomparable Michael Douglas to inhabit the role of Liberace, as well as the exceptional Matt Damon to play the pivotal part of Scott Thorson. Putting these two fine actors in the creative hands of Steven Soderberg — it doesn’t get better than that.”
Soderbergh, meanwhile, noted HBO’s “fearless approach” to original programming in bringing the project to the pay cabler.
“From the inception of this project, we’ve had two priorities: getting it right creatively, and getting as many people as possible to see it,” he said.
For Weintraub, the project marks the latest in a string of small-screen work. CBS earlier this month picked up The Producer, a period drama project. set in the world of the evening news.
I added screen caps from True Grit. Enjoy!
Margaret is being released today on limited theaters and Many reviews are now out. Mixed reviews! And some stills.
Margaret, the long-awaited second film written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count on Me), has an offscreen history so fraught with drama it trumps anything in the movie. The tale of a ferociously precocious and high-strung Upper West Side Jewish girl, Lisa Cohen (Anna Paquin), who witnesses a tragic bus accident, the film was shot at the end of 2005. But Lonergan, contractually obligated to deliver a two-hour movie, fell in love with his three-hour version (so did Martin Scorsese, who is said to have called it a ”masterpiece”), and he refused to cut it. Six years and several lawsuits later, Fox Searchlight is releasing a two-and-a-half-hour version of Lonergan’s film, which has been on the shelf so long that Paquin still looks like a teenager, Matt Damon (as her geometry teacher) is still skinny, and at one point someone imitates Bobcat Goldthwait.
So was Margaret worth the wait? Lonergan’s dialogue can sweep you up in a whoosh of personality and ideas, but it’s hard to see what, apart from ego, convinced him that this story was so epic. Lisa fixates on the accident because she was flirting with the driver (Mark Ruffalo) when he ran a red light and killed a pedestrian. First she lies about what happened, then she changes her story in a fit of guilt and rage. She makes the accident about her, which is why she must learn that it wasn’t. The trouble is, it’s a lesson we grasp all too early on. Margaret may be the longest film ever made about the moral education of a selfish, annoying princess. B-
The trailer for We Bought a Zoo is out.
Directed by Cameron Crowe, based on a true story about a single dad who decides his family needs a fresh start, so he and his two children move to the most unlikely of places: a zoo. With the help of an eclectic staff, and with many misadventures along the way, the family works to return the dilapidated zoo to its former wonder and glory.
The film also stars Scarlett Johansson, Elle Fanning and Thomas Haden Church.
It opens on Christmas.
Matt Damon and his wife Luciana attended the New York Premiere of Contagion last night. The movie opens in US this friday, 9.
Here are some pictures, huge thanks to Roberta from LeonardoDiCapioFan.com.
Another TV Spot for Contagion, opening in US this Friday, the 9th!
Matt attended the Contagion Press Conference on the last 27th, here are some pictures!
The trailer for Margaret is finally out, the movie starring Matt Damon, Anna Paquin, Mark Ruffalo, was filmed a few years ago and is being released in September 30.
A young woman (Paquin) witnesses a bus accident, and is caught up in the aftermath, where the question of whether or not it was intentional affects many people’s lives.
Screencaps (big thanks to Luciana from Mark Ruffalo Central)