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Martian update
  • Details of the primary location for The Martian in Hungary from KFTV:

    Our sources tell us that the production office is based at Korda Studios, which is located nearly twenty miles outside Budapest in the village of Etyek. The film will also shoot on various locations within Hungary.

  • Kate Mara is a new addition to the cast as the female lead. Mackenzie Davis has also joined the cast.

  • The involvement of Matt and Paul Greengrass is said to be at a very early stage, and the other Bourne film with Jeremy Renner is still going ahead.

  • Matt and Lucy attended the Coldplay concert on Wednesday with Alexia and friends.

  • Photos of Matt out for dinner on Tuesday are at Lainey Gossip.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 18th, 2014 09:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Lucy didnt attend the concert. It said Matt was with 2 male friends
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 18th, 2014 10:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Colplay concert

    I thought so too from media reports but there's video of her arriving and leaving:


    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: September 19th, 2014 12:40 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Colplay concert

    he got a much needed haircut, lol :)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 19th, 2014 01:59 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Colplay concert, Bourne musings

    I see Alexia is a Coldplay fan, too. It's such fun to go to concerts with family, a real bonding experience.

    Fascinating Deadline story regarding the latest Bourne rumors. Particularly Greengrass wanting to write the script!? They must have a great idea, or maybe Greengrass wanted to make double sure that Gilroy wouldn't be able to weasel back in - ha. I read that the Ludlum estate has a veto over personnel and I'm wondering they are insisting on the A team to re-establish the franchise.

    It's odd, the moment I read last week that Greengrass was supposed to make a movie with DiCaprio I thought it wasn't true, and instead it was some weird manipulation. An absolutely certain intuition. I could be totally mistaken, of course., but it's weird that broke just before this was announced.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 19th, 2014 02:13 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Colplay concert, Bourne musings

    I thought that was Alexia.

    I linked the Paul Greengrass attachment more closely to a recent project he was considering:

    Paul Greengrass has been linked to an adaptation of the book Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda and the CIA. The book is about Morten Storm, a one-time Islamic radical who became a double agent for the CIA and British and Danish intelligence. Sony has picked up rights to the book, and Scott Rudin will produce.

    I was thinking he may use a real life fact scenario (which he clearly cares most about) into a new Bourne movie.

    Edited at 2014-09-19 02:13 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 19th, 2014 12:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Colplay concert, Bourne musings

    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 19th, 2014 06:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Paul Greengrass

    I very much respect Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon for not getting tied to a project until they are sure of the story and direction.

    As far as the Jeremy Renner/Lin movie, I don't much are about it. Jeremy Renner is a fine actor but comes off as too much attitude in his characterizations. However, much success to them in making the movie.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 20th, 2014 06:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Agent Storm

    Interesting idea about incorporating the current Mideast framework into Bourne. Certainly the conjunction with the real world is part of what made Bourne S. and U. so arresting.

    The DiCaprio project seemed to cut and dried and America-centric for Greengrass.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 20th, 2014 03:54 am (UTC) (Link)


    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 20th, 2014 10:45 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Manchester-by-the-sea

    Fun article. A name so pretentious even most locals won't use it, ha, ha.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 20th, 2014 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Another possible project - Great Wall

    A Henry Cavill leftover? I say no for this one.


    While all the buzz this week about Matt Damon focused on Deadline’s reveal that he’ll reteam with Paul Greengrass in their third Bourne Identity film, there’s another very exotic international film that Damon is also flirting with. That is the lead role in The Great Wall, the Legendary Pictures film the great Chinese helmer Zhang Yimou signed on to direct. Legendary Pictures principal Thomas Tull has been trying to mount the China-set epic for several years now. Script is by Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro, but the most recent draft is by Tony Gilroy, who is familiar to Damon in that he scripted those terrific Bourne Identity films. The Great Wall was going to shoot last year and give Legendary a foothold into the China market, with Ed Zwick helming. While Zwick went as far as casting Henry Cavill and Benjamin Walker, it just didn’t get over the wall that time.
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: September 20th, 2014 10:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Another possible project - Great Wall

    I dont see it as a leftover. It's with a totally different and much better and prestigious director. A director that Matt has wanted to work with for a while. And the script has been rewritten, oddly by Gilroy so I dont see the problem with it at all. It is odd that Matt is doing a lot of oversees movies now.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 20th, 2014 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Another possible project - Great Wall

    I love Yimou's 'Raise the Red Lantern'. It has some gorgeous images that I will never forget. But I agree this doesn't seem very likely. The Gilroy connection for one thing, and Yimou's last attempt to fuse Chinese history with western actors (Christian Bale) was both artistically and financially disappointing. The thumbnail description of the plot makes it sound labored. Maybe it makes more sense in Chinese.

    Ed Zwick, now that's a memorable name from Matt's past.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 21st, 2014 05:10 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Another possible project - Great Wall

    I'm a bit worried. Zhang clearly is not at his peak. Even I like his last movie with Bale I have to say there is still a big margin for improvement. A film aiming to Chinese market and directed by Zhang means over 100 million dollars box office in China. But the movie is about Chinese history and legend. Doubt the box office will do as good in China as in America.
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