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Schedule:
6 November 2020 - 'Stillwater/Untitled Tom McCarthy Project' to open in limited release
25 December 2020 - 'The Last Duel' scheduled to open in limited release but may be delayed
8 January 2021 - 'The Last Duel' scheduled to open in wide release but may be delayed

Scheduled to be filming (but currently shut down):
The Last Duel in France and Ireland
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Filming for 'The Last Duel' now on hold

Filming for The Last Duel has been shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic. From media reports it appears filming was going to move from France to Ireland a week early, but it has now been postponed. From a Variety report (which has the wrong filming location):

Disney has announced that production and pre-production on “The Last Duel,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings,” “Home Alone,” “Nightmare Alley,” “Peter Pan & Wendy” and “Shrunk” have shut down “for a short time.”

A statement from the studio said, “While there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on our productions, after considering the current environment and the best interests of our cast and crew, we have made the decision to pause production on some of our live-action films for a short time. We will continue to assess the situation and restart as soon as feasible.”

“The Little Mermaid” was set to start shooting in London next week. Ridley Scott’s “The Last Duel” had been shooting in Ireland since February but in light of the coronavirus pandemic as well as travel restrictions in Europe, execs felt it was the best move for the safety of all involved to delay the shoot indefinitely.

It is unknown when “The Last Duel” shoot was going to end and if it will impact the Dec. 25 release date at this time.
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Last Duel now filming

The Last Duel started filming last week in France, and Ben Affleck has recently joined the set. There are lots of paparazzi photos of actors on the set at the usual sites.
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New project with James Mangold

Matt is 'attached' to a new film project, to be directed by James Mangold, based on Don Winslow's bestselling book 'The Force'. Details at Deadline, including the following description:

Damon is attached to play Denny Malone, a NYPD detective who runs an elite crime fighting squad, but bends the law so often that he loses the line between good and evil and becomes ensnared in a pending corruption scandal. To stop the city’s long-simmering racial tensions from exploding, he must reconcile the idealistic guardian he still views himself to be, with the corrupt cop he’s become.
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Ford v Ferrari DVD details

  • The DVD for Ford v Ferrari will be released on February 11 (digital on 28 January). Details are at Collider:

    FORD V FERRARI Digital Bonus Features:

    “The 24 Hour Le Mans: Recreating the Course” Featurette – Discover how the climactic race of the film was achieved, from recreating the track to capturing and editing all the action.

    Pre-Vis: Daytona & Le Mans Races – These animated pre-visualization sequences worked as a roadmap for filmmakers throughout production.

    “Bringing The Rivalry to Life” * – Go behind the scenes of the film with this 8-part, 60-minute documentary.

    Matt and Christian: The Conversation (iTunes Extras exclusive) – Sit down with Christian Bale and Matt Damon for an intimate reflection on the making of the film.

  • Matt's publicist Jennifer Allen was interviewed at the Hollywood Reporter, including:

    Jennifer, your first client was Matt Damon. How did you sign him?

    JENNIFER ALLEN I work with Tommy Lee Jones who directed a TV movie for TNT called The Good Old Boys and Matt played Tommy's nephew. Tommy introduced me to him at a screening at the Directors Guild. Matt and I just had a nice, brief conversation, and I thought, well this is, you know, a young, interesting actor. He had done School Ties and [Geronimo: An American Legend] at that point. I became friendly with [Matt’s longtime agent] Patrick Whitesell and after two years of asking, ‘When is the right time, when is the right time?’ Matt got cast in the Francis Ford Coppola movie based on the John Grisham novel, The Rainmaker, so I flew to San Francisco to meet Matt on the set. That was 1996. My son was three months old and I was still on maternity leave.
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    Ford v Ferrari opens, Last Duel at Disney

    Ford v Ferrari has opened in most territories and is on track for a $29 million opening in the US, well above initial expectations.

    Perhaps because of the strong opening, Disney has greenlit The Last Duel today for a Christmas 2020 opening.

    Recent interview highlights:
    ESPN interview
    Collider interview
    The Ringer podcast with Bill Simmons

    There's also a podcast with Tom Papa on Sirius, but I haven't found it in full online yet - highlights are at YouTube

    Stillwater/The Untitled Tom McCarthy Project has now wrapped filming. The Last Duel will start filming early next year.
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    LA premiere

    Matt and Lucy attended the LA premiere of Ford v Ferrari on Monday. Photos and video are at the Daily Mail

    Matt talked about The Last Duel in an interview at Entertainment Tonight.

    "It's just this really interesting story of perspective, and so Ben and I wrote the male perspectives and Nicole wrote the female perspective and I think it could be really interesting," Damon shared. "So I'm looking forward to making it next year."


    A clip from the Conan appearance is at YouTube:
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    British GQ cover

    Matt and Christian Bale are on the cover of the November edition of British GQ. Photos are at British GQ's Instagram, including the following text. Photos are by Sam Jones. The interview is also online, including an Avatar story that will dominate the press coverage and probably be denied by James Cameron.

    "Christian’s approach is the approach that young actors wish they had when they’re talking s***: a monk-like discipline in service of your work. That’s one of the rarest things, because it comes at a price. It is inspiring." The A-listers all other A-listers want to be, and stars of new racing blockbuster Le Mans ’66 , #MattDamon and #ChristianBale are our November cover stars 

    💥 LINK IN BIO to download the digital edition now. Photographer @samjonespictures Stylist @jeanneyangstyle / @anniejaggerstylist Grooming @dianaschmidtke1 / Torsten White Writer @stuartmcgurkgq #FordvFerrari #SubcribersEdition // #GQ Editor @dylanjonesgq3h

    The reason we’re here is that after years of bumping into each other and trading tales at various events (“We’d always chit-chat a little,” says Damon. “I actually met Christian’s wife before I met him, 20 years ago”) they’re finally in a film together.

    If Damon is exactly the guy you’d expect – the everyman’s everyman, funny, chummy, an anecdote tombola and absolutely the guy you’d love to have a beer or ten with – Bale is not at all what you’d imagine from his brooding roles, legendary dedication and propensity to gorge or starve until the character’s waistline fits.

    What did you learn about each other during filming?

    CB: That he needs to direct. I definitely learnt that. I would hear Matt and Jim [Mangold, the director] having conversations that went right over my head.

    MD: See, I read that as you saying, “He definitely shouldn’t act.”

    CB: [Laughs.] No, I came to you really early on and said, “You’ve got to direct, man.” And he’s got much better perception than I do.

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    Toronto Film Festival

    Matt is at the Toronto Film Festival to promote Ford v Ferrari. The premiere is on Monday night and the press conference will be at 10.45am Tuesday and will be available to livestream from the TIFF.net website. An interview with Matt and Christian Bale about the film is at EW.