Since his best bud Ben Affleck had such great success directing a film from with a screenplay by Argo Oscar-winner Chris Terrio, Matt Damon is probably looking to do the same, according to The Hollywood Reporter's Tatiana Siegel.
Siegel reports that Damon is in talks to direct A Foreigner, a screenplay by Terrio based on a New Yorker article by David Grann. Grann's story A Murder Foretold appeared in the magazine in 2011 and told the story of Rodrigo Rosenberg, a lawyer in Guatemala who recorded a video before his murder implicating the president and first lady of the country. The piece is incredibly cinematic—there's even a love story. Damon, Siegel reports, is also looking to star in the project.
Terrio clearly knows how to write a taut thriller—that was part of the success of Argo—and it will be interesting to see what kind of directorial sensibility Damon will bring to the story. As a writer, Damon's projects have tended toward the more intimate—think: Good Will Hunting—but he certainly knows how to star in a thriller. Previous to this, Damon had intended to direct 2012's Promised Land, which he co-wrote and starred in, but time did not allow.
The paths of Damon and Affleck's careers went in completely different directions pretty much immediately after their big Good Will Hunting breakthrough back in 1997, but lately seem to be converging. With Affleck having made a successful directorial career for himself, the two once again have the same level of clout in the industry. Now Damon's commenting on how great Affleck will be as Batman, and the two are hosting Cory Booker fundraisers. Meanwhile, Damon has also apparently joined Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. They've come along way together.
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