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Rounders sequel and new project

  • Harvey Weinstein has announced a new range of projects based on Miramax properties, including a possible Rounders sequel and a television series of Good Will Hunting. Reports are at Deadline and Grantland:

    “I’ve discussed making Rounders 2 with Matt Damon and I would say that’s going to be instantaneous,” Weinstein continued. “The guys [writers David Levien and Brian Koppelman] have a great idea, a way to make it more international where you start the card game in Paris, that’s all I want to say. There might be a certain beautiful Parisian actress involved in it, and then we’re off to the racetrack and Vegas with Matty and Edward Norton, and a new supervillain to replace John Malkovich.” Weinstein is eyeing Robert De Niro for that role.

    In a statement today, Koppelman and Levien add, "For years we have been talking to Matt, Edward, [Rounders director] John Dahl and Harvey about the movie we'd all want to make. Rounders was completely life changing for us. We all respect the world of the original film immensely and want to do it proud."

  • Deadline has also announced that Matt and Ben are executive producers for a new spec action adventure script written by John Krasinski and Oren Uziel:

    Warner Bros has acquired an action-adventure spec script written by John Krasinski and Oren Uziel. Krasinski and his Sunday Night banner will team with Pearl Street partners Ben Affleck and Matt Damon to produce under their Warner-based company.

    Uziel, best known for scripting the genre mash-up The Kitchen Sink, which is getting made at Sony Pictures, will be exec producer along with Scott Z. Burns.
    The studio is keeping the logline under wraps.

  • The teaser trailer for Interstellar has been released.

  • The Monuments Men official site has been updated with new photos, information and games.

  • A new interview (conducted at a previous junket) for Elysium to mark the film's release on DVD from Jetset magazine, including (translated):

    RM: Are you interested in fashion? Are you a victim Fashion?
    MD: I always wanted to be comfortable in my clothes. My father always told me: "You know, to be well you must be comfortable in you shoes." I probably took his advice to the letter, but I thought I was fashionable until I saw my photos from high school (laughs ...) I think life is a long period of bad clothing choices. You would never wear that 15 years later. But I have no problem wearing suits, especially to go to Hollywood ceremonies.

    RM: You and George Clooney seem to be best friends, how is it in real life?
    MD: For 12 years we have been friends and frankly I cannot find any fault with him. Maybe he has, but I do not see them. He is a wonderful person, incredibly generous and he is one of the best directors I've worked with. He works pretty well too and I have just finished filming the "The Monuments Men" film. I know what I'm saying may seem trite, but Geroge is as he seems, he is always natural and has no "frills".

    RM: And with Ben Affleck, are you are still close?
    MD: Of course. We are neighbors in Los Angeles, our wives are friends and we work together very often surrounded by a group of friends and close associates who follow us through all our projects. Ben's opinion is very valuable to me.
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