Matt Damon to make directorial debut with small-town drama co-written with John Krasinski

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Matt Damon has been saying for a while now that he’s dying to direct a movie, and given that he’s worked with some of the best filmmakers alive (Steven Spielberg, Steven Soderbergh, and Clint Eastwood, to name just three), it’s easy to understand why. Now he’s finally ready to put everything he’s learned to work. EW has confirmed that, as first reported by Variety, Damon is set to direct an as-yet-untitled drama he has co-written with The Office star John Krasinski.

Damon will star as a salesman who arrives in a small town only to have his whole life called into question. Krasinski came up with the story idea and developed it with A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius author Dave Eggers (who co-wrote the screenplay for the 2009 film Away We Go, which Krasinski starred in). Krasinski pitched the idea to Damon, who agreed to co-write it with him and to direct it. The movie, which is being set up at Warner Bros., will be produced under Krasinski’s Sunday Night Productions banner, and Damon and his longtime producing partner Chris Moore will also produce.

Damon is also attached to direct Father Daughter Time: A Tale of Armed Robbery and Eskimo Kisses, about a criminal on the lam with his daughter, but a source tells EW the project with Krasinski will be his directorial debut.


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  • chuck

    Matttt Daaamon.

    • Rob F

      Matt FRICKIN Damon

      • Mike

        DAY-mon

      • luck456

        My best friend has just announced her wedding with a great man who is a cele+brity!
        They met-via { millionaireluv、c o /m }
        It is nice club for rich men or pretty girls mate.
        You do not need to be wealthy or famous, but you can meet your true love, it’s worthy a try.

      • luck456

        Wow, My best fríènd ,she just has annóuncéd hér wēddīng wīth a mīllionairě mān who is a cèlèbrìty !They mèt via~~~~millionaire’luv”Сσм ~~~~ ..it is the lārgēst and bēst clúb for cělêbrīty and theìr àdmirèrs to chát ōnlìnè. …You do nǒt hávè to bê rīch ór fāmóùs. ,bùt yōu cān meēt yóùr trùē lòvê , It’s wòrthy ǎ try!

    • Matt Damon

      Matt DAAAYYmon

  • MCS

    that has to be the ugliest photo of Matt Damon in existence.

    • The Original Nshi

      Agreed. It looks like he’s fighting a losing battle with cancer. (Seriously NOT trying to be funny).

      • Meg

        No, he looks like he’s posing for his senior yearbook. “Okay, tilt your head. A little more. A liiiittle more. There. Hold it. Now, turn your head this way. Pur-fect. Don’t smile too much.”

  • Greg

    Oh boy

  • Amy

    Nice. I’ll be keeping an eye on this. It’ll be interesting to see how he’s changed since Good Will Hunting, the last film he helped write. Seeing as he has learned from the best, I’m very hopeful.

    Also, I just thought I should point out that John Krasinski directed the movie Brief Interviews with Hideous Men in 2009, so Father Daughter Time wouldn’t be his directorial debut.

    • Mandy

      It was confusingly worded, but they meant that Father Daughter Time will be Matt Damon’s second movie to direct. The one co-written by Krasinski will be his first.

      • Slow Down

        It’s not confusingly worded. People just need to actually read stuff before they comment.

  • kyle

    well I do like Krasinski and Damon but Krasinski track record is horrible.

    • JR

      I agree, he’s really made some poor film choices lately.

    • Meg

      But he’s sooooooooooooooooo nice to look at. That’s why I saw Leatherheads.

  • TOM

    Sounds like a bad Disney movie.
    Perhaps he could get Susan Saradon to costar in it.

  • Eric

    Co-written by John Krasinski? Does Ben know about this. He must be devasted that Matt’s stepping out on him with the new, young, flavor of the month.

    • Janelle

      Yes- I’m sure Ben Affleck is devastated. Because in Hollywood- you work with your best friend & ONLY your best friend. Everybody knows that. Matt Damon better watch out.

  • jennysong

    Wow, My best fríènd ,she just has annóuncéd hér wēddīng wīth a rich mān who is a cèlèbrìty !They mèt via~~~~SéêkSúɡárDαd.Сσм ~~~~ ..it is the lārgēst and bēst clúb for rich man with yung and beautiful woman and theìr àdmirèrs to chát ōnlìnè. …You do nǒt hávè to bê rīch ór fāmóùs. ,bùt yōu cān meēt yóùr trùē lòvê , It’s wòrthy ǎ try!
    Co-written by John Krasinski? Does Ben know about this. He must be devasted that Matt’s stepping out on him with the new, young, flavor of the month.

  • honda

    oh im sure ben’s fine with it,besides he’s raising his kids now with that fine wife of his. he better not cheat on jennifer!

  • NotInLoveMatt

    Matt Damon is OFF my list.
    For him to come out talking against our Pres. Obama is ludicruis. He is not a faithful supporter of our President.
    I wish him well as a director, but as a human being, he got lost along the way.

    • Colbybs

      Faithful? It’s politics, not religion. Damon is right. Obama has not fulfilled his promises and given in too much to republicans, allowing them to have their way.

    • Janelle

      Wow- just because he doesn’t support the president? He’s no longer considered a human being? How about you learn how to spell ludicrous, then we can consider your worth as a human being.

  • Brian in DC

    Let me break my list out of “Movies I will not see”.

  • Night Hawk

    Damon is a boss

  • Julie

    So Krasinski and Eggers came up with the idea and “developed” it, and now Krasinski and Damon are going to co-write it? Why does it take three people to write a screenplay, one of whom only helps “develop” it? This is why so many movies suck. There’s no committee of directors on a film, so why does there need to be a committee of writers?

  • C-Po

    Cohen Brothers, Don’t forget them!

  • Fins4ever

    Hope it flops and breaks him! Most of his movies suck and he can take his left wing political views and move to Antartica!

    • sheesh

      let me guess…homeschooled?

      • thesaurusrs

        Lol. Probably just a tool of the Billionaire Boys Club, aka Fox News.

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