Today we have interesting news on Matt Damon's long-rumored directorial debut: The actor is no longer attached to direct, although he may still act in the project. The as yet-untitled movie was co-scripted by himself, Dave Eggers (Away We Go, Where the Wild Things Are) and John Krasinski (The Office, Away We Go),
Few details are known about the plot of the movie, save for the fact that Damon was to have played a salesman whose arrival in a small town leads to an intense personal introspection that turns his life upside down. Sources say that script issues pulled Damon out of the directing chair of the $12 million project.
The interesting thing about this development is that the script was supposedly written by Krasinski and Damon - so why would he be hesitant about directing something he himself had written, given his increased film experience and Oscar-winning success as a script writer for Good Will Hunting? Maybe the script was something Damon felt would be better handled by someone with more directing experience to take it to the next level? Or are rumors of script issues the reason for his hesitation to direct? It remains to be seen.
Regardless, Damon and Krasinski are both still attached to star along with Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand (Fargo, Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon) so the talent is there. Stay tuned as we will definitely keep you updated on any future developments.
No release date has been set.