Matt Damon Won't Direct Movie He Co-Wrote with John Krasinski

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Says Damon: "If 'Bourne Legacy' doesn't work, we can just ignore it and pretend it didn't happen, and that'd be fine."

Matt Damon will have to wait a little bit longer before making his directorial debut.
In October, THR reported that the actor, currently in theaters with We Bought a Zoo, would direct an untitled Warner Bros. drama that he co-wrote with actor John Krasinski. (Author Dave Eggers was also involved in coming up with the story.) Damon was also going to star in the the drama — which was described as being in the vein of Erin Brockovich—and was one of the producers on it.

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Sources now confirm to THR that Damon has dropped out as director due to what are being called "scheduling issues." It's unclear how this move, first reported by Vulture, will impact the project. The THR source says Damon is still on track to act in the movie but declines to provide specifics.

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At the time the movie was announced, Warners, which houses Damon and Ben Affleck's Pearl Street shingle, was quite high on the project and was eying a spring production start. Story details were kept vague but the plot was known to center on a salesman (Damon) who arrives in a small town only to have his life changed. Krasinski was also due to star in it and was one of the producers. His involvement is said to remain unchanged.


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