TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) – Sean Penn is attached to play gay ’70s San Franciso politician Harvey Milk, and Matt Damon his assassin in a long-gestating project from director Gus Van Sant.
Once a distribution deal is finalized, Van Sant hopes to begin production on the as-yet-untitled feature in San Francisco as early as December. The uncertain start date may affect Damon’s participation as Milk’s killer, Dan White.
It’s the latest chapter in a long-running race to film the biopic of the first openly gay prominent elected official, which has pitted Van Sant’s project against another from fellow openly gay director Bryan Singer.
Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (“Hairspray”) have attempted to produce a big-screen version of Randy Shilts’ 1982 bio “The Mayor of Castro Street” for more than 15 years. Warner Bros. Pictures attached Singer to the project two years ago.
This summer the studio’s art-house arm, Warner Independent Pictures, brought in Singer’s “Usual Suspects” scribe Chris McQuarrie to write a new draft of the script. But McQuarrie is now in Germany with Singer working on the Tom Cruise drama “Valkyrie” and also working on the “Castro” script, making an immediate production start less likely to happen before Singer starts his “Superman” sequel commitment.
In a coincidental twist, Van Sant once wrote a draft of the “Castro” project and was set to direct his adaptation for Warners. The script for his film was written by Dustin Lance Black (“Big Love”). Producer Michael London and his Groundswell Prods. are financing the film, set to be produced by “American Beauty” producers Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks.
Penn has never portrayed an openly gay character onscreen, but he did play the sexually ambiguous Olivia Newton-John impersonator “Groovin’ Larry” in a section of Trent Harris’ 2001 cult hit “Beaver Trilogy.” Penn’s video short was shot in 1981, then combined with Harris’ 1979 documentary short on the amateur performer and his 1985 short narrative version “The Orkly Kid,” starring Crispin Glover as Larry, to create “Beaver.”
Damon would play White, who shot San Francisco city supervisor Milk and Mayor George Moscone in 1978. After serving five years of a seven-year sentence, White committed suicide in 1985.
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Hollywood star Matt Damon insists he was lucky to land the lead role in ‘The Bourne Identity’ after starring in two critically-panned movies.
The actor claims ‘All The Pretty Horses’ and ‘The Legend of Bagger Vance’ were his worst ever career moves, but was grateful they were released after he was chosen for his role as Jason Bourne in 2002 movie ‘The Bourne Identity’.
“They are currently enjoying a joint holiday with their families in Hawaii – but are finally keen to team up again.
The 26-year-old Fantastic Four actress is disgusted by the inequality between gender-targeted publications.The pair were unknowns when they wrote and starred in the critically lauded movie, which won them an Academy Award for Best Screenplay in 1998.
Since their success they have mostly gone their separate ways starring in blockbusters Armageddon and the Bourne movies respectively. They are currently enjoying a joint holiday with their families in Hawaii – but are finally keen to team up again. Damon’s spokesperson reportedly said, “That’s their plan. Whether or not they are doing it right now, I don’t know.” ”
“Ben Affleck and Matt Damon will be writing their first screenplay together since their Oscar-winning hit Good Will Hunting in 1997.
Affleck and Damon both went on to find respective fame in their own careers after ths success of Good Will Hunting, but are now eager to team up again.
“That’s their plan. Whether or not they are doing it right now, I don’t know,” Damon’s spokesperson said.”
LOS ANGELES – “Ocean’s” stars George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon left their prints in cement outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, as did Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin before them.
In costume, wearing suits without ties, the three easygoing stick-up men of “Ocean’s Thirteen,” which opens this weekend, put their hands and then their shoes, into the fresh cement.
They follow in the footsteps of Sinatra and Martin, who starred in the original 1960 hit, “Ocean’s Eleven,” which inspired a 2001 remake and a fit of “rat pack” nostalgia.
Clooney, 46, Matt Damon, 36, and Pitt, 43, stopped traffic along Hollywood Boulevard, blocks from the Kodak Theatre — the venue for the Academy Awards. –