We first mentioned way back in March that Matt Damon is attached to The Adjustment Bureau, a movie based on a Philip K. Dick short story. It’s being described as a sci-fi love story, and Dark City meets The Truman Show. Damon will play a smooth-talking congressman whose political future is thrown in doubt by uncontrollable events and the arrival in his life of a mysterious ballerina. George Nolfi, who wrote The Bourne Ultimatum and Oceans 12, is adapting and directing the movie.
The project had been shopped around for quite some time, and word came yesterday that Emily Blunt has signed on to play the ballerina. She makes a pretty good pairing with Damon (aren’t they both short and attractive), and by the time that The Adjustment Bureau makes it to the big screen, Blunt may be nearly a big a name as Damon. She’s already got five films in various stages of production (and she’s rumored for another), including Gulliver’s Travels and The Wolf Man. It was a little delayed, but it looks as though she’s finally getting that big The Devil Wears Prada bounce we’d expected.
And as for Philip K. Dick adaptations — they’re a mixed bag. You’ve got Blade Runner and Total Recall on one end of the spectrum, Next and Paycheck on the other, and Minority Report in the middle. I’d expect, with Matt Damon’s nearly perfect track record, that this one will fall toward the Blade Runner end of the dial.
And, as is now custom when discussing Matt Damon trade news, here’s his Matthew McConaughey impression because it never gets old, people. Never.