Matt Damon and Ben Affleck reuniting to write and star in revenge drama

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are joining forces once again to write and star in Ridley Scott’s new revenge drama. The childhood friends have reunited to collaborate on a script for the first time since they won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for…

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are joining forces once again to write and star in Ridley Scott’s new revenge drama.

The childhood friends have reunited to collaborate on a script for the first time since they won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for their 1997 movie Good Will Hunting, which they also starred in.

For the revenge thriller, The Last Duel, they are also working with Nicole Holofcener, who was recently nominated for an Oscar for co-writing Can You Ever Forgive Me?

The trio have adapted Eric Jager’s 2004 novel The Last Duel: A True Story of Trial by Combat in Medieval France, which depicts the real-life revenge story between two friends – the knight Jean de Carrouges and the squire Jacques Le Gris – who will be portrayed by Damon and Affleck, although it is currently unclear who will play which character.

In the story, Carrouges goes to war and returns to accuse Le Gris of raping his wife. When no one believes her, Carrouges asks the king of France for a chance to prove his wife was right and the two former friends end up in a duel to the death.

Damon and Affleck, who also co-starred in 1999’s Dogma, will produce the movie through their Pearl Street Films company, alongside Scott and Kevin Walsh for Scott Free Productions.

The news was first announced by editors at Deadline, who report that the script, which is almost done, is controlled by Disney following its acquisition of Fox, but if Disney executives don’t want it, “every studio in town is waiting in the wings for this one.”

Alien moviemaker Scott will reportedly push back the production of Merlin, a Disney film about the legendary wizard, so he can direct The Last Duel next.

Damon, who last worked with Scott on 2015’s The Martian, will next be seen in Ford v Ferrari and was recently cast in Tom McCarthy’s upcoming drama, Stillwater, while Affleck has completed filming the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot and sports drama Torrance.

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Julianne Moore: ‘I was fired from Can You Ever Forgive Me?’

Julianne Moore has claimed she fired from the lead role in movie Can You Ever Forgive Me? The Still Alice star was cast as real-life biographer-turned-forger Lee Israel in 2015, but she dropped out of the project days before filming was scheduled to b…

Julianne Moore has claimed she fired from the lead role in movie Can You Ever Forgive Me?

The Still Alice star was cast as real-life biographer-turned-forger Lee Israel in 2015, but she dropped out of the project days before filming was scheduled to begin after clashing with then-director Nicole Holofcener, who co-wrote the script. Melissa McCarthy was then cast as Israel and she went on to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar this year (19) for her performance in the film, which was ultimately directed by Marielle Heller.

Julianne finally opened about what happened when asked why she left the movie during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Thursday (08Mar19).

“I didn’t leave that movie, I was fired. Yeah, Nicole fired me, that’s the truth,” she said. “I think she didn’t like what I was doing. We had just been rehearsing and doing pre-production and stuff and her idea of where the character was, was different than where my idea of where the character was, and so she fired me.”

The Oscar winner admitted that she hadn’t yet seen the movie because what happened is “still kind of painful” but she’s sure Melissa did a great job.

“I love Melissa McCarthy. I worship her. I think she’s fantastic, so I’m sure she’s great. So that’s the story,” she said.

Fellow guest, fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg, said to the actress that the rejection must have been tough, and Julianne replied, “It’s pretty bad… The only other time I was fired was when I was working at a yoghurt stand when I was 15, so it felt bad.”

The film’s producer David Yarnell, a longtime friend of the late Israel, previously told The Hollywood Reporter in January that the “project collapsed” after the situation between Julianne and Nicole “became untenable” and it was so close to production that Fox Searchlight took a financial hit of around $2 million (£1.5 million).

The film opened to critical acclaim last year and went on to be nominated for three Oscars, for Melissa, supporting actor Richard E. Grant, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Nicole and co-writer Jeff Whitty.

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Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Eighth Grade are surprise winners at WGA Awards

Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Eighth Grade were the surprise winners at the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards on Sunday night (17Feb19). Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty picked up the Best Adapted Screenplay prize for Can You Ever Forgive Me?, a c…

Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Eighth Grade were the surprise winners at the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards on Sunday night (17Feb19).

Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty picked up the Best Adapted Screenplay prize for Can You Ever Forgive Me?, a comedy-drama inspired by the memoir by late biographer-turned-forger Lee Israel, starring Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant. The Oscar-nominated duo beat the writers of Black Panther, A Star is Born and Oscar frontrunners If Beale Could Talk and BlacKkKlansman.

The big shock of the night was Bo Burnham picking up Best Original Screenplay for Eighth Grade over A Quiet Place and Oscar nominees Roma, Vice and Green Book. The surprise win made Eighth Grade the first film to win the WGA Original Screenplay award without being nominated for an Academy Award since Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine in 2003.

Taking to the stage, Burnham, who also directed the film, joked about being the underdog and praised his young actress, Golden Globe nominee Elsie Fisher.

“To the other nominees in the category – Have fun at the Oscars, losers!” he joked. “No, I prepared nothing. This all belongs to Elsie Fisher who performed the script. No one would care about the script if she hadn’t done it.”

Burham previously won the First-Time Feature Film category at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards and the film is up for four Independent Spirit Awards prizes, but has been largely overlooked at the big award ceremonies.

In the TV categories, The Americans landed the Best Drama Series prize and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel picked up the Comedy Series gong, while The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story was named Best Adapted Longform Series, and the Stephen King-inspired thriller Castle Rock scored the Original Longform Series award.

The awards were handed out in bi-coastal ceremonies. The WGA East held its ceremony at the Edison Ballroom in New York, while the WGA West staged its bash at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

The main list of winners is as follows:

Original Screenplay:

Bo Burnham – Eighth Grade

Adapted Screenplay:

Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Documentary Screenplay:

Ozzy Inguanzo and Dava Whisenant – Bathtubs Over Broadway

TV Drama Series:

The Americans

TV Comedy Series:

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best New Series:

Barry

Longform – Original:

Castle Rock

Longform – Adapted:

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Shortform New Media – Original:

Class of Lies

Shortform New Media – Adapted:

The Walking Dead: Red Machete

Animation:

The Simpsons: Bart’s Not Dead

Episodic Drama:

Homeland: Paean to the People

Episodic Comedy:

Barry

Comedy/Variety Talk Series:

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

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