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New project with Alexander Payne

  • Matt has signed up to a new project to be directed by Alexander Payne. Details are at The Playlist:

    Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing” is coming back to life with Matt Damon in the lead role. Payne had been developing the project since “Sideways," but because of its scale and technological issues—he wasn't wasn’t well-versed in the latter at the time—he shelved it and instead took on “The Descendants” and then “Nebraska.”

    Deadline, which broke the news, seems to have forgotten the logline, but we read the script ages ago. Below is what we wrote way back when as a kind of synopsis. Essentially, the film is a kind of dystopian satire with geo-political connotations, but much like Payne's work often is, it's personal and intimate.

    "Downsizing," after all, starts off in Norway and takes place in a not-too-distant future where humans are now able to shrink themselves to 1/8 their size as a means to battle over-consumption and the rapid depletion of earth's natural resources, thanks to enlightened hippie-like Scandinavian scientists.

  • Matt's interview with Sam Jones for "Off Camera" is now available as a podcast here.

  • Matt and Ben will announce the winner of Project Greenlight at an event in LA on Friday.

  • An interview with The Martian author Andy Weir that mentions Matt is at EW.

    Weir may have obsessed over every detail of the book, but he seems pretty laid-back about the big-screen version, which begins production this month in Hungary. He’s delighted that Damon is playing Watney and that Scott—who knows a little something about films set in outer space—is directing. And as a fan of NBC’s Community, he is super geeked out that Donald Glover is on board as well.

    For now, Weir has no plans to visit the set—though the idea of seeing his book reimagined with living, breathing people is enticing enough that he could maybe imagine reversing his no-fly policy. “If they invite me to go…I’d have to really think about that,” he says. “I think I could be a great mission-control guy in the background with no lines.” Copy that.

  • Matt has been nominated for a People's Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor - vote here.

  • Matt participated in another episode of Tom Papa's Come to Papa show in LA this week.
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