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Potential new project
  • Matt has been approached to star in a new sci-fi project called The Martian, which does not currently have a director attached. Details at The Wrap:

    With Drew Goddard signing on to direct “The Sinister Six” for Sony, the “Cabin in the Woods” filmmaker has pulled out of “The Martian,” a sci-fi movie set up at 20th Century Fox that Matt Damon is being eyed to star in, multiple individuals familiar with the project told TheWrap.

    A representative for 20th Century Fox had no comment.

    With Goddard focused on “Sinister Six” and Netflix's “Daredevil” series, Fox was unwilling to wait for his schedule to clear, according to insiders who insist that the studio remains excited about the project and wants to move quickly to find a new director who its top choice Damon would be willing to work with.

    While Damon is not officially attached to the project at this time, he recently worked with producer Simon Kinberg on “Elysium,” and his involvement will likely depend on the new director.

    Based on the e-book by Andy Weir, “The Martian” follows an astronaut who becomes stranded on Mars and must figure out how to survive long enough to return to Earth.

    The project has been described as a cross between “Apollo 13” and “Cast Away,” and insiders say it is quite different from Alfonso Cuaron's “Gravity,” which found Sandra Bullock stranded in space.

  • CinemaBlend suggests Matt should direct the project himself:

    The piece mentions that Damon will now have a hand in finding Goddard's replacement, and knowing his history, it's likely to be a big name. Maybe Damon's old friend Gus Van Sant returns to the mainstream? Maybe Terry Gilliam plays nice with the studios and gives it a shot? Maybe he can coax Steven Soderbergh out of retirement! All wishful thinking aside, Damon has long juggled the idea of transitioning into directing himself, why not give it a shot here? He would barely have to work with any actors, and he'd command respect from a crew for being one of Hollywood's true nice guys (seriously, speaking candidly, Damon is a damned prince in person). Crazier things have happened.

  • The Years of Living Dangerously commences this week, but Matt is not in the first episode. A few quotes from a producer:

    Executive produced by James Cameron, Schwarzenegger, and Jerry Weintraub, as well as climate expert Daniel Abbasi and Emmy-winning former "60 Minutes" producers Joel Bach and David Gelber, the series contains nine one-hour episodes.

    Abassi talked about the choice to use celebrities as correspondents instead of the scientists themselves: "Obviously, Governor Schwarzenegger has been an extraordinary leader, but Harrison Ford is on the board of Conservation International [and] does a phenomenal story for us on deforestation in Indonesia. So this is a global story. Matt Damon has co-founded a group called Water.org, and you all probably know it, is an incredibly smart individual. David and I talked about the fact that he could be a great correspondent on '60 Minutes' if he had chosen to be a journalist. Don Cheadle is a UN environmental ambassador. So we chose people that already have this passion for the issue, and then we gave them an opportunity to do something that most of them hadn’t done before, which was go into the field as correspondents. But they relate... they relate to people. They’re charismatic."

  • Photos of Matt and family out in LA over the weekend are at the Daily Mail.
  • 17 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 10th, 2014 03:51 pm (UTC) (Link)


    My initial take on 'The Martian' is that it sounds too much like a Gravity knock off. It would need a really good director to make it sing. I read some of Cuaron's description of what he and the actors went through to make weightlessness seem real and it doesn't look like an easy go for a first time director at all.

    Wonderful quote from the Years of Living Dangerously producer. :-)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 10th, 2014 11:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Various

    I think The Martian would all depend on the budget. If it's under $50 million it stands a chance, but over it's unlikely to succeed unless very well done and different.

    Even a new Tom Hardy project sounds very similar (Gravity-ish but with a twist).
    From: cindiest Date: April 12th, 2014 07:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Various

    I agree with everything you just said. lol
    From: cindiest Date: April 12th, 2014 07:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Various

    I don't think it's going to be like gravity. I think it's going to be more of a survival movie (that Matt would excel in) rather than an astronaut in space movie.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 10th, 2014 06:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Martian

    There are lots of reviews of the e-book here.


    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 11th, 2014 08:09 am (UTC) (Link)
    Some Behind The Scenes and videos about "Years of Living Dangerously". This serie seems very interesting and I wonder how and when we'll be able to watch it overseas.


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 12th, 2014 04:48 am (UTC) (Link)
    A Vanity Fair story about the project is now online, but you need a digital subscription:

    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: April 14th, 2014 06:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
    The martian doesnt sound very good, which mean Matt will probably do it. He has not been making good choices as of late. I read that the RFK movie got financing but with Gary Ross directing but there was no mention of Matt. I hope he is still attached because it sounds like the only good thing Matt has been attached to in a while.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 14th, 2014 07:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Gary Ross will direct East of Eden,so...
    From: cindiest Date: April 14th, 2014 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Behind the Candelabra? I thought that was awesomest.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 14th, 2014 11:13 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Candelabra was fantastic, and Monuments Men was enjoyable.
    From: cindiest Date: April 15th, 2014 06:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Candelabra

    Agreed. I thought Elysium was enjoyable, too.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 16th, 2014 05:39 am (UTC) (Link)
    Lol at "The martian doesnt sound very good, which mean Matt will probably do it. " so true. he hasn't made sensible choice in a while. Speaking of this project, although Gravity is a Sci-fic movie,it won awards for being visually realistic (and of course well directed).However,trapped in space for a couple of hours is one thing, trapped on Mars for days is another. it's already difficult to step on Mars, not to say trapped on that. A real astronaut could be killed very soon by the severe weather on Mars. I don't know how they can make it works. that being said, I still think the Martin has its potential if a good director could be signed on. Maybe it can be a Life of PI on Mars.But who knows.

    Plus, Behind Candelabra is great and Elysium is defintely enjoyable.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 15th, 2014 10:58 pm (UTC) (Link)


    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: April 16th, 2014 04:40 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photos

    ok, i'm officially taking Tuesdays off from work. LOL this is the 2nd time he was 8 blocks from my apt on a Tuesday. LOL :) maybe i should go post some signs on the street that say "Matt call me. Lunch?"

    Edited at 2014-04-16 04:41 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: April 16th, 2014 12:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Photos

    Ha, ha

    Given your track record Gregory, it's probably only a matter of time until you and Matt are buds.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: April 16th, 2014 12:17 am (UTC) (Link)

    All the pretty horses

    Billy Bob Thornton is asked about All the pretty horses:

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