Vulture has learned that the Oscar-winning duo of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are teaming up once again — this time re-forming their production company, which they are negotiating to have a first-look deal at Warner Bros.
It's an interesting development for the two men, who couldn't be more different despite their long friendship and close association.
As for Matt Damon, insiders say that at first blush he seems like the last person who'd want or need a first-look producing deal. Per Forbes, he's consistently in the top ten Hollywood stars offering the best return on investment, and as such, is in rarefied club of "first-dollar gross participants" — those few actors who are paid a share of a movie's grosses before anyone else, including the studio that made the film and the theaters screening it. But while Damon has primarily been focused on his acting, insiders also point out the Bourne star has told close associates that he does intend to direct films someday, and has chosen his roles accordingly.
Late Show had planned to take off in early March but will go dark next week instead, an unusual move during a ratings sweeps. It has booked A-list guests including Jerry Seinfeld (Leno's first prime-time guest), Tom Hanks and Matt Damon for its first two weeks against Tonight.
Listening to him talk intimately of his family’s fascinating encounter with Mandela provided an insight into another layer of the handsome actor’s personal life. "My little one is gonna have a picture of herself as a baby on the guy’s lap and it’s just amazing." He showed us the pictures on his blackberry and told us he used the picture of his stepdaughter and Mandela as his wallpaper.
His close relationship with his kids was never more apparent than at the beginning of our interview when we caught him taking pictures of himself on his blackberry. When I asked him, he said it was for his stepdaughter who was asking where he was at the time.
Is it true that two of Hollywood's hottest stars have joined the cast of big-name actors doing voice-overs for Happy Feet 2?
An Australian-based movie insider has confirmed that Matt Damon and Brad Pitt — both doting dads — have already attended voice-recording sessions in Los Angeles as part of the making of the film. Crews now working on the movie in Sydney were there during the US recording sessions.
An official announcement is yet to be made about their involvement but such a stellar cast for his sequel would be sure to make George Miller very happy indeed.
Sighting: Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr. and their wives at Elio's on Second Avenue.