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Eastwood! Damon!

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | September 17, 2009 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | September 17, 2009 |


Last year Matt Damon and Clint Eastwood teamed up to make Invictus, a drama set in South Africa and starring Damon as a rugby player. After District 9, any film set in South Africa should be required to end with an orgy of power armor combat, but since Invictus is about rugby that's only natural anyway. From what I recall of the rules, rugby involves beer, power armor, hot wings, and virgin sacrifices.

Invictus is slated for a December release, but Damon and Eastwood apparently so enjoyed each others' company that they are already starting work on another picture, set to begin filming before Invictus even hits theaters. Eastwood got a hold of a script by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon), a supernatural tale called Hereafter in which Damon will be starring and Eastwood will be directing.

Spielberg is getting one of the executive producer credits, and Eastwood one of the producer credits, though they're spreading other such credits around to names buried in their shadows. Wouldn't it be simpler (or at least less confusing) if they gave people different credits for different things, even if it's just that Eastwood gets to be producer Mondays and Thursdays, while the other people split up the rest of the week? I know it doesn't really matter, but the credit tends to stick to the biggest name out of the bunch, call it the Katamari Damacy principle of credit.



Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.



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