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Potential new projects
  • A new project starring Matt, which would be directed by George Nolfi, is being pitched to the studios. Details from Variety:

    Studios that are trying to fill 2010 release slates are weighing spec packages that would give them either an Adam McKay-directed action comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, or a drama that will reunite Matt Damon with his "Bourne Ultimatum" scribe George Nolfi.

    Damon is at the center of "The Adjustment Bureau," a contemporary science fiction love story that was shopped to studios by Media Rights Capital.

    Nolfi wrote a script that is loosely based on a Phillip K. Dick short story, and he will make his directing debut on the film, which will begin production by late summer.

    Nolfi scripted the Damon-starrer "Ocean's Twelve," but they developed a closer relationship when he scripted "The Bourne Ultimatum." He is also writing the fourth installment of the Bourne franchise for Universal.

    Even though "B Team" and "The Adjustment Bureau" come with pricey packages -- buyers essentially commit to make the movies -- both pictures are expected to have studio homes before the week is over.

  • Details on the source book are at Total Film, based on information from this Wikipedia page.

    There’s no word on what the exact plot is yet – all we know is that Nolfi has been at work for a few years adapting Philip K Dick’s Adjustment Team.

    Dick’s 1954 short story has an intriguing outline: “Ed Fletcher, a real estates salesman, finds out that our world is really, in effect, one big soundstage controlled by strange and mysterious guardians.”

  • An article at News of the world on 22 February stated that Matt was being considered for Jim Sheridan's new film on Whitey Bulger, along with Daniel Day-Lewis. Filming was due to start in April.

  • Steve Peters, the head foreman at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (Australia), discussed the visitors to his Celebrity Air-Conditioning Duct in an article at the Sun-Herald.

    His office, a series of concrete bunkers and loading bays below the gallery, is an airy no-frills zone crowded with packing crates, pallets and jumbo-sized rolls of bubble wrap, all of it overseen by what Peters calls his Celebrity Air-Conditioning Duct.

    "She's been signed by everybody," he says, pointing to the duct, which is covered in autographs from Hugh Jackman ("lovely bloke"), Barry Humphries, rugby great Ken Catchpole and Matt Damon. ("He was in the Aboriginal gallery and I just went up to him and said 'G'day Matt, Steve!'")
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 25th, 2009 09:37 am (UTC) (Link)

    Projects

    Interesting to note that Matt has previously been considered for the adaptation of two other Philip K Dick short stories: Minority Report (Colin Farrell took his planned role) and Paycheck (which Matt then passed to Ben Affleck).

    The short story is only available in selected Philip K Dick collected works - check out the list here:
    http://www.philipkdick.com/works_collections.html

    The collection I have of Dick's stories (which I bought because it contained Minority Report), does not have Adjustment Team.

    And a Premiere 'did you know' comment from a few years back which claimed Matt wouldn't work with first time or new directors (following the Doug Liman experience) can now be reconsidered. Nolfi follows Tony Gilroy in the list of Bourne writers who shortly thereafter turned director.

    Edited at 2009-02-25 09:39 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 25th, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Adjustment Bureau

    The wikipedia page mentions the plot's similarities to "Dark City", a movie I caught on TV several years ago and was very impressed by. It was visually strking and well executed. It seems to me that science fiction is an extremely demanding genre for a first time director to handle, given special effects and such. But Matt obviously has faith in Nolfi, and if a studio does too, I guess that's a good sign. I'll definitely be seeking out the original story.

    And I wanted to agree with previous comments about the Dark Knight. I just didn't get all the fuss. To me, it was 2/3 of a fairly good movie. I was bored silly and rolling my eyes at the end. Very much a 'guy movie' I think... just can't imagine it will have the same reputation in ten years that it seems to have now.

    Thanks for the interesting report,
    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 26th, 2009 08:32 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Adjustment Bureau

    My comments on the short story are below.

    George Nolfi is an interesting guy, and I can see why he and Matt connect. George is Ivy-educated and studied at Oxford, with an emphasis on public policy and philosophy. And an attractive guy about Matt's age. But absolutely no directing or fim-making experience (which is a worry):
    http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117479947.html?cs=1
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 27th, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Adjustment Bureau / Philip K. Dick "Adjustment Team"

    first of all... felicity, thx sooo much for keeping us up-to-date with all the great news. the media jungle can be crazy betweenwhiles ;). glad to have that column here.

    the news about upcoming projects are great and it will be for sure quite interesting to see the outcome. personally I don't see MD in a science fiction or love-story movie but I give it a go when it happens ;). Nolfi already convinced us more than once with his great work. so go for it. I'm sure he will be fantastic in his directing debut.

    and....
    hey Paula, I know the story and have a german version available but I guess that won't help you that much, right?! :D but I also found a link for the engl version... check it out... starts with doc page 53... http://www.scribd.com/doc/6076468/Book-of-Philip-K-Dick-The-v10

    g n#41
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 28th, 2009 03:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Adjustment Bureau / Philip K. Dick "Adjustment Team"

    Amazing link - thank you. Who needs to buy books anymore...
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 28th, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Adjustment Bureau / Philip K. Dick "Adjustment Team"

    Wow, thanks so much for that link. Reading that, I can see how it could be perceived as a love story, although a non-traditional one. In the sense that, the character's primary concern (once he discovers what is going on)is to safeguard his wife. Honestly though, the basic story seems too familiar to other recent movies to catch my excitement. Perhaps it's just a jumping off point for a more unique Nolfi story.

    Hope we'll get some pics of Matt once shooting starts.

    Thanks again,
    Paula
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 25th, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Adjustment Bureau

    Sounds like a very interesting story for Matt. I'm not a science fiction fan in general, although Blade Runner is one of my favourite films, and I also really liked the book it was based on 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep'.

    I look forward to Matt doing a love story, he seems to have avoided the lovey-dovey stuff, which is probably a wise move as it's a hard genre to get right, and most love stories recently have been fairly dreadful I think.

    I haven't seen The Dark Knight, I really don't enjoy watching Christian Bale, and comic book movies are another turn off, I'm glad Matt passed on that too. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 26th, 2009 07:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Adjustment Bureau

    I've studied Androids at uni so that took most of the fun out of it, and I was never a fan of the movie.

    Paula,
    I've just read the original short story, and it's only 22 pages. There are some very ethical interesting concepts, and you can see that it's clearly the jump-off for a more developed story which could go in lots of directions.

    There's no romance in the story (he's already married), and it definitely won't be a cheap film to make - lots of CGI is required. Definitely some 'Truman Show' concepts there, but on a bigger level (whole world can be manipulated, not just one person). Potentially fascinating, and a movie that could provoke great discussion.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 26th, 2009 01:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Adjustment Bureau

    I completely understand your feelings. I had to do To Kill a Mockingbird at school. By the time we finished it I loathed it. I re-read it a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it, so you never can tell.

    BB was a short story by F Scott Fitzgerald and look how that turned out! Time will tell as always, I will keep fingers and toes crossed that George Nolfi doesn't make the same mistakes.

    Is there any further news on when Matt starts filming in South Africa?

    Thanks for all the updates by the way. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 26th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Adjustment Bureau

    Matt is believed to arrive in South Africa today and filming starts on Monday. Clint Eastwood was in Paris yesterday receiving a reward, so everyone seems to be mobilising in Cape Town very shortly.

    BB was such a great short story.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 27th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Adjustment Bureau

    Do you know where in Cape Town they are filming, I have family in Cape Town and would be so cool if they could catch a glimpse of Matt.

    One more question is Lucy traveling with him?

    Thanks
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 27th, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Adjustment Bureau

    No idea where they are filming, apart from the rugby scenes on certain dates. More information's likely to be revealed, so watch any relevant message boards or IMDB.

    It's likely to be a lengthy stay (although he's only in a supporting role), so I'm sure his family is travelling with him.

    The best chances to see Matt (from a distance) are likely to be the dates of the rugby scenes being filmed at Newlands (previously noted on the site).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 3rd, 2009 09:25 am (UTC) (Link)

    Love Story Would Be Great!

    Wow. It would really be nice to see Matt do some thing tender and messy for a change. A lot has changed since "All The Pretty Horses". He has such a tremendous resource to pull from now--as activist, a husband, a father--I would love to see that channeled into something as sweet and "complex" as a love story. Matt appears to be such a beautiful man both inside and out--we all know that very well by now. I think if he's allowed the opportunity, he'll really show some incredible depth in a role like this.

    Actually, I can't help to think George Clooney's Solaris when you talk about the Adjustment Bureau, so who know's, we'll see--hopefully it'll be alot better. Again, I think it might be a nice challenge for Matt.

    I think when he shows us vulnerability, he produces some of his best work as an actor and really shines. I'd love to see Matt return to his Ripley and Hunting roots--That was some amazing work.

    I'm excited to see what he does in the next two film.


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