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Informant, Green Zone
  • The Informant! will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on Friday 11 September. The date was confirmed (ahead of the official schedule announcement) at the Decatur Herald and Review.

  • Actor Anthony Mackie has been added to the cast of The Adjustment Bureau.

  • Mackie starred in The Hurt Locker, which has been stated by Universal executives as one reason why Green Zone was delayed to 2010 - from a report at the LA Times. Meanwhile, wild rumors about Paul Greengrass and his future with the Bourne movies are in the comments section of this article at The Playlist.

    Question: You have several expensive movies coming up -- "Robin Hood," "The Wolfman" and "Green Zone."Given the new economics of the business, would you have gone ahead with those movies today?

    Marc Shmuger: I don't think looking back is meaningful in any of those cases. It's looking forward and how do we make the best version of each of those movies so they have the potential to be successful.

    Question: Putting aside the success of the war drama "The Hurt Locker," which was a low-budget film, isn't "Green Zone," a costly drama about the hunt for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, problematic, given that movies with Iraq war themes haven't done well?

    Shmuger: We were encouraged by "Hurt Locker" because it begins to show signs of an opening in the audience for a subject matter which hadn't existed in the prior 12 months. It gives us the belief that with a little more time, that openness might even become greater, which is why we made the decision to [release Green Zone] in March 2010.

  • A photo from the set of Invictus with Matt and Morgan Freeman is at Rope of Silicon.

  • Guillermo has confirmed that his skit with Matt, likely to air on Jimmy Kimmel Live during the week of The Informant!'s release, is another trailer spoof.

  • More photos from the photo shoot with Matt for Empire magazine in South Africa are here.
  • 5 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 20th, 2009 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

    wild rumors in The Playlist

    Hard for me to believe that Uni could seriously consider dropping Paul Greengrass. He's only directed two of the most well-respected and successful sequels in movie history. Even though I would personally be fascinated to see what Soderbergh would do with it, I can't see it happening. It seems to me a lot of this behind-the-scenes maneuvering has a great deal more to do with Uni's dreadful summer than anything else. All the fans want is for them to take their time and do it right. I think Matt is right. The new Bourne can't retread old ground. He has to have a new motivation and experiences. How can a Uni leadership that is running so scared provide that?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 21st, 2009 07:31 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: wild rumors in The Playlist

    And here's an interesting development - a new (and pretty much untested) writer has been given the task of writing a new Bourne script. It's not too far removed from the comments on that site, and appears to indicate the Nolfi script wasn't up to scratch.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 21st, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: wild rumors in The Playlist

    This whole thing makes no sense. If Universal were dissatisfied with Nolfi's script, then why reward him by green-lighting a movie for him to direct (with Matt attached for heaven's sake)?

    And remember "Parfaisal Mosaic"? Frank Marshall was openly speaking about adopting certain plot points for Bourne 4, and there did seem to be intriguing possibilities there. But then Uni decided to use it for a different, new project. Where was all this Bourne fever then? Frank Marshall has good taste. If Bourne is so urgent why not use that book now?

    I've become fascinated with all the strange doings at Universal. Here's my theory about this new writer. He's being hired to come in and write a 'prequel' (which Nolfi, a friend of Matt's, would never agree to do). In a few weeks we'll get word "leaking out" about this - that Matt and Greengrass would be replaced for an "exciting new reboot". Of course, it would be nothing of the kind. It would be a way for corporate headquarters at GE to either force Matt and Paul back to make an inferior, rushed product, or kick them out and replace them with other people who will willingly make swill.

    Am I paranoid? We'll know soon enough, I expect.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: August 25th, 2009 01:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt and Ben's upcoming project

    There's an article in the Philadephia Inquirer about the two lawyers who Matt and Ben are supposed to be portraying in their upcoming movie together. Sorry, for some reason I couldn't get the link to load.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: August 25th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt and Ben's upcoming project

    It's just an update on the case (Banks/Cooney re Thompson):

    And I can't get this story to load - can anyone access it?

    Matt Damon's devoted wife, Luciana, is trying to persuade the action hunk not to go ahead with a fourth installment of the Bourne series. ...

    Edited at 2009-08-25 09:18 pm (UTC)
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