Trade Breaks: Human, Solo, Paramount

“Matt Damon is now committed to star in “Human Factor,” joining Morgan Freeman in the Clint Eastwood-directed film for Warner Bros. Pictures. Damon will play rugby star Francois Pienaar, who created, with Nelson Mandela, an event that gave whites and blacks in South Africa a common cause to rally around as the country was trying to heal from the wounds of apartheid. Shooting will begin early next year in South Africa…” (full details)

“Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego (“King of the Hill”) will make his English-language directorial debut on the Gold Circle Films and Safran teen thriller “Solo”. The David Coggeshall-penned film is said to combine elements of “Misery,” “Lord of the Flies” and “Blue Lagoon.” Principal photography is scheduled to begin within the next few months…” (full details)

“Paramount Pictures is downsizing its Paramount Vantage label with the marketing, distribution and physical production departments of the indie arm being merged with the corresponding departments at Paramount. Despite the cutbacks, Vantage will continue as a production label under president Nick Meyer…” (full details)