While filming continues on M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender, Marshall is actively moving forward with another major movie franchise, as they're developing a fourth movie starring Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, although a lot of elements still need to come into place. "We'd like to shoot next year," he told us. "It's trying to get everybody's schedules in the right place and getting the script right. We've done pretty well with these scripts that are pretty loosely put together, but I'd like the script to be really solid this time before we go forward. We're spending a lot of time on this story."
At one point, there were some thoughts that Damon might take on the role of Lance Armstrong in the biopic about the celebrity cyclist which is moving forward at Columbia Pictures, but Marshall said they'd be looking for a new up ‘n' coming actor to take on the role instead. "The book really only takes Lance up to the first tour, so he's only 21, and as much as Matt looks young, I'm not sure that he's going to be able to do it."
The Malpaso way, which is Eastwood's way, is lean, quiet, streamlined, actor-friendly--as long as they're willing to deliver in just a few takes. When Kevin Costner didn't show up on time for a scene during Perfect World, Eastwood just shot over the shoulder of his stunt double and was ready to shoot his face too when Costner turned up, shocked. "I'm paid to shoot film, that's what I'm here for," Eastwood told the star.
Typically, Eastwood's latest, the South African drama Invictus, which Morgan Freeman brought to Eastwood, who in turn brought in Warner Bros., came in under its $50 million budget and four or five days shy of its 55 day schedule. "They bought it right away," said Eastwood. "It was an easy sell. Nelson Mandela is noble subject matter."