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Matt Damon Considering ‘Father Daughter Time’ As Directorial Debut

Posted by , on May 6, 2011 at 6:40 pm 

Despite working with many great directors, Matt Damon has yet to take on the job himself. It’s been said that he might helm The Trade, a drama based on a true story concerning the New York Yankees, which he could also star in with Ben Affleck. Still, no directorial credits have yet been put under the actor’s name.

Deadline reports that this may be changing soon, as Warner Bros. has bought Matthew Aldrich‘s spec script Father Daughter Time: A Tale of Armed Robbery and Eskimo Kisses, and the plan is for him to star in and direct the film. The script, which focuses on a man “who goes on the lam with his daughter, his accomplice on a three-state crime spree,” got Hollywood’s attention; bidders included Damon himself, Paramount (who would have J.J. Abrams produce), Fox, Mandate, Walter Parkes, Relativity and several others. With the actor also producing through his company Pearl Street – along with Ben Affleck, Chris Moore and Drew Vinton - and him having a first-look deal with Warner Bros., it’s said to be an easy task for the studio to get him attached as star and director.

Aldrich, who previously wrote Cleaner, said that the script isn’t “high concept,” and that “it’s a smallish, very personal, dark but playful road movie about a father and daughter.” Damon is apparently intent on keeping it true to its original form, and he wants to protect “the writer’s vision” and is intent on being “a creative partner.”

I’m curious how much influence his past experience with so many great directors – Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, the Coen brothers, Gus Van Sant - will influence the final product. That’s a curiosity I have with almost any actor making a directorial effort, but in his case, there’s a lot of strong influence there.

Would you want to see Matt Damon make a directorial debut, and do you think this script will allow him to do so in an impressive fashion?


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