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New project with Ben, Bourne
  • Ben Affleck was asked about upcoming projects with Matt at his recent press junket - details from Collider.com. The project may be The Nine Lives of John Thompson, previously announced in February 2006.

    Question: Does the timing feel right for you and Matt Damon to find a project to work on together?

    Affleck: Yeah, we were going to do something together the end of this year. Then I took the other thing to direct, so that pushed it off till next year. Supposedly we’re doing this thing next year. I think we will. Matt is always pretty busy but claiming that he’s going to try and slow it down a little bit. He’s going to do the Bourne movie and this really cool Mandela movie he’s doing now. He’s doing the movie that George Nolfi is directing in between. He doesn’t mind taking a year to wait. I would love to, it’s great, and we’re both busy. Matt lives in Miami so it’s hard to get a chance to see him. If we work together it’s an excuse to hang out.

    Question: Have you and Matt worked out what you’re going to do?

    Affleck: We have a project but we haven’t said what it is just because of lame political money reasons. This is the movie we’re going to do together and I think it will be good.

    Question: Did you write it together?

    Affleck: No, the script is actually mostly already written. We wouldn’t write it together.

    Question: Would you direct it?

    Affleck: It’s possible I would direct it or else we’d both be in it and find a director.

  • The interview with Ben indicates Bourne 4 is on Matt's immediate agenda, which was previously considered unlikely, especially as writer George Nolfi is preparing his own directorial debut. A few vague updates on the project are at USA Today stories on upcoming Robert Ludlum works here and here.

    Meanwhile, Universal, Captivate and ICM are assembling what producer Ben Smith calls "the jewel in the crown": a fourth Bourne movie. "Everything is under wraps," he says when asked for a teaser. "I mean, come on, really."

    Untitled Jason Bourne 4
    Frank Marshall, the heavyweight producer behind these films, confirms he is developing a fourth one, though it's still in the earliest possible stages. The other two major forces behind Bourne, Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass, are not yet confirmed. Unlike the others, this Bourne will not be based on an existing Ludlum book, says Ben Smith, president of Captivate Entertainment, which manages film rights to Ludlum's novels. "It will definitely be set up as a continuation of the Jason Bourne story," Smith says, noting that "all of the Bourne films have borrowed a lot thematically and with the characters but have varied greatly from the novels."

  • From an unknown interview with actress Amy Smart (Battle of Shaker Heights), reported at WENN:

    "Matt Damon is very hot. He does it for me. When I met him he was the nicest guy, but being around him made me so nervous I had to drink double cosmos all night." Crank star Amy Smart lists her favourite men.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 29th, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Ben's comments

    Wasn't there a Liberace project with Soderberg announced a while back? So, is that off, then? That would be unfortunate. Soderberg seems to see Matt as someone who can be funny, as opposed to other directors who always cast him in such serious roles. Always good to have diversity, imho.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 29th, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Ben's comments

    The Liberace project was always scheduled for 2010, after Soderbergh had completed some other projects. It's only a supporting role for Matt, and we know how fast Soderbergh works. I think it's still on the schedule.

    However, I mentioned earlier that someone on the Human Factor set asked Matt about his next project, and Matt said it's in Las Vegas. And the project most likely to film in Vegas would be the Liberace project. (That's if my translation of the question and answer was correct).

    Edited at 2009-03-30 01:43 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 30th, 2009 11:48 am (UTC) (Link)

    You magazine

    There's an article (with photos) at You Magazine, South Africa, but I can't access the story and pics without a subscription. Can anyone copy the text?


    Edited at 2009-03-30 11:53 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 30th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC) (Link)


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 30th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: ponyo?

    Ponyo (short for 'Ponyo on the cliff by the sea') is an upcoming English language release of a Japanese animated movie. Matt has a very small role as the voice of the main character's father.

    Edited at 2009-03-30 08:35 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 31st, 2009 12:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    People and photos

    People has some new quotes from Ben interviews, supposedly about his friendship with Matt, but there's nothing much new (apart from news of a shared family vacation last summer):


    New photos are at Rex Features of Matt and team boarding the ferry to Robben Island. It's a scene in both the Carlin book and Pienaar's biography so it's nice to see it included in the film. I hope they also get to film on the island (which was still functioning as a prison when the team visited in 1995).

    Edited at 2009-03-31 12:13 pm (UTC)
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