Remember when Ben Affleck took on the role as director for Gone Baby Gone? As an actor who would often have bad luck with the roles he was given (Gigli and Daredevil, to name a few), he surprised everyone when he swapped his acting hat for the director’s chair, this time, his brother, Casey Affleck, as the star. He delivered to us a brilliant dark and gritty crime drama that managed to reach critical acclaim, leading Affleck to both direct and star in yet another gritty hit about bank robbers in last year’s The Town.
Well according to Variety, Affleck’s good friend Matt Damon is making his directorial debut with an untitled drama from Warner Brothers.
Now contrary to what we heard rumored last summer, the film is not Father Daughter Time: A Tale of Armed Robbery and Eskimo Kisses, the film Damon was speculated to direct. Instead Damon is teaming up with The Office’s John Krasinski, with both of them also co-writing the script. Krasinski came up with the idea for the project, along with author Dave Eggers, co-writer of Away We Go, which starred Krasinski. Both actors will star, with Damon starring as a salesman who moves to a small town. Krasinski’s role is still under wraps.
It seems Damon is taking the more standard dramatic route for his first directing role, as opposed to Affleck’s dive into a more grittier, bloodier path, much like the two’s totally different paths as actors. With that said, however, if Damon’s acting career is any indication on what to expect of him as a director, it’s safe to say the film will be in good hands, as it goes without saying that Damon has given us some of the greatest and iconic roles in the drama department in the past.
Now this won’t be Damon’s first writing gig, of course, as we saw how well he can excute that when he won the Oscar for best original screenplay for Good Will Hunting, in which he also starred in. Krasinski has some writing experience as well, though not as high calibre as Damon’s but still solid none the less, for a film that he also directed titled Brief Interviews With Hideous Men.
So with both actors having an impressive background, it’s no doubt they will be able to create a great film, and it will also be interesting to see if Damon can prove himself as a solid director, as well as continuing his acting legacy. The film has yet to be greenlit by Warner Brothers and the script is still yet to be finished, with Damon and Krasinski aiming for a finished product sometime next month. So until then, definitely keep this film on your radar, as I’m sure it will not disappoint.