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New Greengrass project
  • Update: The Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye reports here about Paul Greengrass' next film project:

    Paul Greengrass, the award-winning director of Bloody Sunday and United 93, will turn his critical eye towards Iraq and how it became a disaster because of the stubborn cluelessness of the occupational administration led by the Americans.

    Greengrass, whom I bumped into at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, has to finish The Bourne Ultimatum with Matt Damon first, but will then turn his attention to the Middle East.

    "Specifically, I'm going to look at what went wrong in Iraq. Why is it in a worse state of chaos after the war has supposedly ended than it was before the coalition stormed into Baghdad?"

    The movie, which could begin filming late this year or early next, will be based on the acclaimed book Imperial Life In The Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone, by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, a former Baghdad bureau chief for the Washington Post.

  • This is the book Matt referred to in the Hardball interview as a true account of the Iraq war, and he was also linked to the book as a possible film project last week, in this Washingtonian book review.

    Matt has previously said that he and Greengrass were planning to work together again after he filmed The Informant later this year. The Informant was expected to be directed by Steven Soderbergh in October, but it was reported this week that Soderbergh would be commencing a low budget project at the end of the year. Complicated.

    Bob Woodward's State of Denial and Thomas Ricks’s Fiasco are excellent books about the policy, decision-making, and strategic aspects of the U.S. occupation of Iraq. But to understand how occupation turned into snafu, Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s green zone is the book to read.

    With a novelistic eye for detail and irony, Rajiv Chandrasekaran—the Washington Post’s former Baghdad bureau chief—cuts through the bureaucratic B.S., painting in bright colors how Iraq got so complicated and messed up. This could be a nonfiction version of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22. No wonder Matt Damon is said to be negotiating for the movie rights.

  • A mp3 of Matt singing My Funny Valentine (from The Talented Mr Ripley) is available here, with thanks to bluekermit.
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    bluekermit From: bluekermit Date: January 19th, 2007 11:58 am (UTC) (Link)
    I'm sorry, it's my mistake... that upload isn't mine, so if you could replace the link by this one: http://www.sendspace.com/file/yqwyxg Also, here the caption is correct.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 19th, 2007 12:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks, it has been corrected.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 19th, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Paul Greengrass Project

    Matt clearly has no intention of making safe and cosy Hollywood movies. I love this book, it should be required reading for anyone interested in the almighty fiasco that has overtaken Iraq, and Paul Greengrass with his background in making documentaries is the ideal director to take this project on I think. Keeping fingers and toes crossed that it works out and they can both do it. Hopefully his schedule is now so packed with other more worthwhile projects it will once and for all kill the Lance Armstrong movie.

    Thanks for the latest updates.MP
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 19th, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Paul Greengrass Project

    Right on, MP. What a waste of Matt's time to do a soppy movie biog. Leave that to Matt M. or Jake G. (though I think Jake deserves better). When you get an acting talent like MD's, you always hope it won't be wasted on the obvious and mundane. Armstrong's accomplishments are highly noteworthy, but for a movie with the overcome-adversity-and-become-a-hero story line (which would leave out his divorce and dalliance with a pop star presumably)the need is only for a handsome face, an athletic body, and a few well-chosen facial expressions. I still want Matt to do Captain Kirk (he says with tongue firmly in cheek), but I want him to play it differently. It's time for a crew reduction on the good ship Enterprise! The title could be, "Love Me or Ripley".

    Island Boy
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 21st, 2007 10:51 am (UTC) (Link)
    The BBC are also reporting on the new Paul Greengrass project

    I really hope that Matt becomes involved. Jan
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 23rd, 2007 02:22 am (UTC) (Link)
    Hey, i found some matt ocean's 13 movie stills...ive never seen them before i dont know if anyone else has...


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 23rd, 2007 06:47 am (UTC) (Link)
    You're right - they're new. Filmed last weekend in London around Ultimatum filming.
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