Matt Damon has acted, written and produced films, but one last challenge he hasn’t yet done is direct – though he has long been talking up a desire to get around to it eventually.
Damon was originally going to star in and helm “Manchester By The Sea” from a script by Kenneth Lonergan. Eventually he handed the reins over to Lonergan himself to direct and to Casey Affleck to star, the pair crafting what has become one of the biggest awards contenders this season.
A few years ago he lined up another potential debut effort – “Father Daughter Time: A Tale of Armed Robbery and Eskimo Kisses” which again he would star in and direct. Sadly history seems to have repeated with Deadline today reporting that he’s giving up the director’s chair to “Warrior” and “The Accountant” helmer Gavin O’Connor.
Damon will produce the film which is penned by Matthew Aldrich and follows a man who goes on the lam with his daughter, who becomes his accomplice in a three-state crime spree.
O’Connor has both the Netflix series “Seven Seconds” and the “Green Hornet” reboot on the way with at least one of them probably coming first.