LivePlanet has set Oscar winner James Moll to direct and produce "Running the Sahara," a documentary about three men who attempt to become the first humans to run coast to coast across the Sahara Desert.
Matt Damon will narrate the film and exec produce with LivePlanet CEO Larry Tanz and senior veep Marc Joubert.
Aside from working on "Project Greenlight," Tanz exec produced the upcoming pic "First Descent," a snowboarding pic to be distributed by Universal in December. Tanz said "Running the Sahara" will be privately financed and will exploit sponsorship opportunities to tie the film into the One Campaign being waged to end poverty in Africa.
"The film will have amazing visuals in seven countries and nine different ecosystems, from thousand-foot sand dunes to mountains and lakes," Tanz said. "It's a man vs. nature story, but it's also about the African countries and people they encounter along the way. Aside from creating awareness of cultures in Africa, we believe the charity component of this film can make a difference. People will be able to follow the progress of the runners on the Web, and can pledge pennies per mile. We are already in discussions with beverage companies about making donations of clean water to some of these regions."
George Clooney is taking a break from big budgets with the upcoming black-and-white drama "Good Night, and Good Luck," which he stars in and directs. He admitted, however, that he'd be happy to step into the expensive shoes of Danny Ocean again if the opportunity arose. "There's always the thought," he said. "You have to have a good script, and we have to figure out what to do. But they sure are fun to make. You know, Brad [Pitt] and Matt [Damon] and Don [Cheadle] and all those guys are just such great, fun guys to work with. I would do another one in a heartbeat with [director] Steven [Soderbergh] if we had a good script."
She says, "There was this article and it was about Matt Damon, and he was saying that he works so much that he doesn't feel like he has a bed of his own anywhere. And it really struck me as this sort of sad thing.
"I was like, 'He's famous and he's so cute and he's Matt Damon and he should feel like he has a bed.' It just made me sad. So I sent him a bed. I sent him an AeroBed and a comforter and sheets. I wrote in there that I was a huge fan and that I wanted him to travel with it and feel like he had a bed wherever he went.
"I never heard back from him. I have (seen him since) and he's kind of looked at me a little weird."