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Matt Damon Backs Out of Directing Debut, Gus Van Sant to Take Over

It looks like Matt  Damon won’t be following in the footsteps of his pal Ben  Affleck, after all.

At least not anytime soon.

The We Bought a Zoo actor had been slated to make his directorial debut on a movie starring both himself and John  Krasinski, but has now decided to pull out of helming the  project.

So what made him change his mind?

According to Vulture, it came down to “script issues.”

Of course, such a reason seems a bit odd considering the as-yet-untitled film  about a salesman who arrives in a small town only to have his whole life called  into question, was cowritten by Krasinski and…Damon!

Meanwhile, Deadline is reporting today that director Gus Van  Sant has agreed to step in for Damon and, as a result, the film is on  track to start production in April. The site adds that the reason Damon backed  out of directing himself actually came down to not having enough time to do so.  He is, however, still planning on performing in front of the camera.

Of course, this wouldn’t be the first time Van Sant and Damon have worked  together, havng collaborated on 1997’s Good Will Hunting.




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