Ben Affleck & Matt Damon Get First Look Deal at Warner Bros
It's hard to believe it's been 13 years since superstars Matt Damon and Ben Affleck made a huge break onto the writing scene with their Oscar winning script for Good Will Hunting, which also served as a huge stepping stone to the mostly lucrative acting careers each of them have enjoyed. Now the two are anxious to rekindle the creative fire they once shared together as NY Mag's Vulture and THR report they are re-forming their old production company in a new venture with a first look production deal at Warner Bros. As of now it's unclear if this new venture will still take on their old Live Planet name or if this is a completely new flag.
Despite vast differences in their choice of roles, some of which proved to be more detrimental to the Affleck portion of the duo, the two are in the different stages or realizing similar ambitions. Affleck's poor turns in films like Daredevil, Surviving Christmas and Gigli led him into his directing career which has proven to be more than satisfactory with Gone Baby Gone, starring his brother Casey Affleck, and his second directorial effort, The Town, an adaptations of Chuck Hogan's The Prince of Thieves. Luckily Affleck has dusted off his quality acting suit for recent stints in State of Play and a surprisingly funny part in Extract.
Meanwhile, and rather luckily, Matt Damon's quality-project-drought happened early on in his career with mistakes like Titan A.E., All the Pretty Horses and The Legend of Bagger Vance. No doubt his participation in Ocean's Eleven helped bring him out of a dry spell, but then along came Jason Bourne and everything has been smooth sailing since then. However, no matter how successful his acting career, Damon has told many of his closest collaborators that he still dreams of directing, and as such has chosen his roles carefully in order to work with the likes of Martin Scorsese (The Departed), Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's Trilogy), Paul Greengrass (Bourne Supremacy/Ultimatum) and even Steven Spielberg in 1998 for Saving Private Ryan. Sounds like the best film school ever.
Previously the two had brought some interesting content through Live Planet including Matchstick Men, the shaky, yet wholly captivating and interesting run of the filmmaking reality series "Project Greenlight," and even involement with Tron Legacy before their contract with Disney ended in 2007. But in a new industry obsessed with reboots, remakes and sequels, there's no telling what kind of content Affleck and Damon will be hitting. We can only hope there's room for originality and quality stories like Good Will Hunting. Of course, we'll keep you updated on their projects. Happy to have Affleck and Damon together again?
Reader Feedback - 13 Comments
Affleck was the bomb in phantoms
WB Exec on Feb 18, 2010
Not entirely thrilled about them apples, but I'm curious what they will do. I think theyre both smart with where they are now to make something great, but for now its just the beginning.....until anything else develops there's nothing else to do but wait and see....
Voice of Reason on Feb 18, 2010
Who knows they may make a Remake of Good will Hunting.
Cineprog on Feb 18, 2010
No, they will never make a remake of good will hunting. don't be silly.
stew on Feb 18, 2010
Why you dissing Titan A.E.?
Lar on Feb 18, 2010
fuck off ben,matt your alright.
DEADPOOL,MERC WITH A MOUTH on Feb 18, 2010
You really think Affleck started directing because his acting career took a few hits? Are you kidding me? The dude is still as strong as ever, and yes I am someone who actually likes Affleck. He was the bomb in Phantoms.
carlos on Feb 18, 2010
"Affleck you were the bomb on Phantoms, yo!" lets see what they can do.
Xerxex on Feb 18, 2010
maybe they'll make 'Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season'? just a thought.
Andy on Feb 18, 2010
casey affleck is miles better actor than ben.
DEADPOOL,MERC WITH A MOUTH on Feb 18, 2010
ben affleck was the bomb in Phantoms, yo
silver on Feb 18, 2010
Awesome picture of the two of them and i cant wait for this though love both of them
Tim on Feb 18, 2010
The idea that someone becomes a director because their acting career isnt going well is about as smart as saying because someone acts under good directors it means they somehow will become good directors themselves. One has nothing to do with the other
Lee on Feb 18, 2010
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