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Directing project rumors
  • Producer Jerry Weintraub says he is working on a possible directing project for Matt in an article at the Desert Sun:

    Weintraub: "I have a big project with Matt. He's a very, very good actor and a very good writer and he understands film. We're talking about him directing something that I'm doing with Brad."

  • An extended interview with Matt by Brian D. Johnson (excerpts have previously appeared online) is at Macleans.ca, including:

    Q: Later tonight you're flying to Africa with Ben Affleck?

    A: Yeah.

    Q: What's up with that?

    A: Well, I went on a trip last year with DATA — Debt AIDS Trade Africa — and they're kind of the parent company of the ONE campaign. Bono works with DATA and with ONE, and that was originally how I got involved. They do what they call listening and learning trips where you can go and hook in with all of these different programs on the ground.

    Q: What will you actually be doing there?

    A: Using the last trip I went on as a model, each day had a different learning focus, so on your itinerary it would say, "Today's learning focus: urban AIDS." We were in South Africa and we'd go in Johannesburg to Hillsborough — which is a very inner-city neighbourhood — and visit an AIDS clinic there, speak with a doctor, speak with some patients, get a sense of what the issues are. The next day the focus is microfinance, and we're in Zambia and so you go to a little bank in Chongwe and meet with the banker, discuss how many loans he's given out, who he's given them out to, then go and meet with all of the women who've received these micro-loans and listen to their stories about what kind of businesses they created — from a woman who owned a restaurant to a woman who sold peanut butter. The trip changed me in the sense that reading something in a book is a very different experience from going. Coming back from that trip, I felt like all of these problems had solutions.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 3rd, 2007 10:09 am (UTC) (Link)
    Empire magazine has voted The Bourne Ultimatum it's favourite film for 2007. Great news, waiting ever so patiently for my DVD to be delivered. Only a few more days to go.

    Very interesting news about Matt making his directorial debut, I'll watch this space for mor information. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 3rd, 2007 11:33 am (UTC) (Link)
    Empire promoted that film so well, so it's only fitting or fortunate that it rated Bourne so highly. May the recognition continue (although it most likely won't receive any major awards, apart from popularity votes).

    Empire is hosting the official Youth Without Youth site:

    Jerry Weintraub is known to say anything that will promote his own cause, so I hope his comment has substance.
    From: bmcampbe Date: December 3rd, 2007 02:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Have you seen Bourne Ultimatum already? If not, I look forward to your comments when you do get to view it.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 3rd, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Yes I have seen it, I couldn't wait for the DVD. I loved it. I did post a comment on here at the time but maybe you never saw it. I'm such a wimp I watched most of the fight scenes and car chases behind my hands. I really like that kind of frenetic activity in film; I'm a big fan of the shaky camera; it was exciting, scary and nerve racking, I had no finger nails left by the end. I can't wait to see it again. Marcia

    From: bmcampbe Date: December 4th, 2007 11:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I went for several months not reading this site beginning about the time that O13 came out because I just couldn't take all the hype with that film so I may or may not have seen your post about Bourne Ultimatum.

    I love the frenetic activity also and I love the way Paul Greengrass shoots his films. I've only see it once but I'll get it on Netflix fairly soon.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 3rd, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Hi, Felicity! I haven't been around much lately, with all the exams and the work at uni, but I'm still around!

    Thanks for all the recent updates. It's great to see that Matt has entered his prep-movie mode, working out and researching a lot. I for one can't wait to see a new Matt movie, cause I've already learned all the others by heart, lol...

    Still, I have to admit that as far as directing goes, I would like it if he started something from scratch, if he developed his own project, without any Hollywood pressure (that is no Brad or Jerry involved, please), cause I have enourmous faith in his abitity to tell a story and to make the most out of it. So I think he can take his time with it and not hurry into a project he is not 100% dedicated to. Hmm..., this one makes me think even more about Brad's statement that he would not be making any more Ocean's flicks, but that he would work with Matt and George again...

    Anyway, the holidays are coming and I for one can't wait. If only these exams were over sooner :-((

    Great work here, as usual.

    From: bmcampbe Date: December 4th, 2007 11:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I would like to see Matt start something from scratch also, but I don't see him taking that much time out of his acting schedule to do that. It would take a lot of time, self-discipline and tedious hours to create a project from scratch. I'm not sure I can see Matt doing that right now.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 3rd, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Bourne Ultimatum DVD

    The first DVD review says the commentary track is Paul only (not Paul and Matt).

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