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Affleck and Damon to Do a Little Wife Swapping

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 20, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 20, 2010 |

Earlier this week, it was reported that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck — who have been thinking about significantly working together again since Good Will Hunting, but have never really found the time — had signed a production deal with Warner Brothers, probably so that reporters would stop asking them when they’d be working together again.

That opportunity, in fact, may come a lot sooner than we’d anticipated. Deadline is reporting that Affleck and Damon are eying The Trade as a possible starring vehicle for both, with Affleck picking up directing duties, to boot.

It’s a fascinating story, based on a coupla real life New York Yankees who, back in 1973, decided, “Hey! Let’s trade wives.” Not in a key-party one-night stand sort of way, mind you, but permanently. It apparently caused quite a stir in the clubhouse, and Yankee fans weren’t exactly pleased with the revelation. One of the players was eventually traded.

Affleck is looking at the part of Fritz Peterson and Damon that of Mike Kekich. The two were childhood friends and apparently under the literal assumption that “what’s mine is yours, and yours is mine.” Interesting side note: Peterson and Susanne Kekich are still together. The other couple’s relationship eventually fizzled out.

The script from Dave Mandel (“Seinfeld,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) is said to have shades of Hal Asbhy, and Affleck is looking to do another rewrite with Mandel. Shades of Hal Asbhy and Affleck — post Gone Baby Gone — is really all I needed to hear.

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