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Adjustment Bureau greenlit, training photos
  • As expected, Universal has secured the rights to The Adjustment Bureau, which was pitched to studios last week. The film will commence filming in New York in September, with Chris Moore attached as a producer. More details are at the Hollywood Reporter article.

    Universal is finalizing a deal with Media Rights Capital for "The Adjustment Bureau," a contemporary love story with sci-fi overtones that was written and will be directed by George Nolfi. The material is loosely based on a Philip K. Dick story.

    Nolfi will produce with Chris Moore, Michael Hackett and Bill Carraro. Production begins in September.

    In "The Adjustment Bureau," Damon will play a charismatic congressman who seems destined for national political stardom. He meets a beautiful ballet dancer, only to find strange circumstances keeping their sparks from catching fire.

    Universal changed the terms from what MRC initially sought in several areas. MRC originally called for Nolfi to get final cut, which is rare for a first-time director. In the deal, U execs will have creative input in the film, though Nolfi has some editorial protections that he'll be able to make the film laid out in his 129-page script.

  • More photos of Matt at the Musina refugee camp are at Yahoo. The South African government has announced it will close the camp by Friday. Matt spoke to the BBC Newshour program about his visit - with the audio available here. A photo of Matt at a Cape York studio for the interview is at this Facebook page or here.

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  • Photos of Matt training with a Cape Town rugby club are at the Telegraph and the Boston Herald.

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  • A new composer has been announced for Margaret. It's a positive sign that the movie may be released this year.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 6th, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Adjustment Bureau and cycle race

    Anyone want to start guessing on the likely casting of the female lead for Adjustment Bureau? An actress, probably in their 30s, who can plausibly play a ballet dancer?

    Jessica Biel would be too young (and she can't act), Cate Blanchett's already done the ballet role (to mixed effect), Charlize Theron? Michelle Williams, Diane Kruger or Naomi Watts?

    It looks like Matt will be participating in Sunday's cycle race on a tandem bike with brother Kyle.

    Update - in photos of Matt at rugby training on Friday (rexfeatures.com), Matt's got an icepack on his ankle. The cycling race may be in doubt.

    Confirmed: Matt sprained his ankle on Thursday.

    Edited at 2009-03-08 01:52 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 7th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC) (Link)


    An anonymous comment suggested some actresses (Amy Adams, Cameron Diaz), but also posted some negative gossip and speculative rumors about Matt, which is not permitted on this site. Therefore the comment has been deleted.

    Edited at 2009-03-07 12:55 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 7th, 2009 01:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

    short story

    Do anybody no watt short story it is talking about?
    I love Matt D and I lock forward to see him in a new film.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 7th, 2009 02:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: short story

    If you are referring to the new project...

    'The Adjustment Bureau' is based on a short story by Philip K. Dick called 'The Adjustment Team'. A link to the story online was provided in a previous post (comments section by a reader), or it's available in various collections of the author's short stories.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 7th, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
    is matt's role in margaret a cameo?if it isn't,then i'd like to know the release date of the movie?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 7th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)


    It's a supporting role, and larger than a cameo. There's no release date for the movie at this time, believed to be due to conflicts between the dirctor and the studio. But any action on the movie, such as a new composer, is a good sign as it shows the studio is still willing to put money in the film before its release.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 8th, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Margaret

    I think Diane Kruger would be the best out of those options, but I think they will go for someone more obscure. A shame about the ankle, but he is a bit off for the part so maybe it was predictable.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 9th, 2009 01:48 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Margaret

    He still competed in the bike race. I'll update soon once more interviews are up from the South African papers.

    A comment in one of the papers, stated as rumor, is that Eatwood is casting only shorter actors as rugby players. He he.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 2nd, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)


    A friend of mine who you went to high school with told me to reach out at this time for help. I work with Joe Nardella of Cambridge and I have an issue that needs attention ASAP and what bothers me is I never ask for it, I'm a Malden boy, I know Jay Giannone from our ticket days outside the Garden. jonnydeo@yahoo.com

    Jon D'Orlando
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