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Gus Van Sant Replacing Matt Damon as Director of Matt Damon Film

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    Matt Damon stars in this new film from Cameron Crowe as a widower raising a family who quits his job and buys a zoo. Co-starring Scarlett Johansson, Elle Fanning and Thomas Haden Church, "We Bought a Zoo" opens Dec. 23. (Published Thursday, Sep 15, 2011)

    Gus Van Sant's streak as the only man to direct a Matt Damon-scripted film will remain intact.

    Matt Damon and John Krasinski, who collaborated on a rewrite of a script originally penned by David Eggers, formerly titled "Gold Mist," are slated star in the film as rival executives. When Damon's character moves to a small town, his life gets thrown into chaos by the level of scrutiny brought to bear against.

    "We Bought a Zoo"

    [NATL] "We Bought a Zoo"
    Matt Damon stars in this new film from Cameron Crowe as a widower raising a family who quits his job and buys a zoo. Co-starring Scarlett Johansson, Elle Fanning and Thomas Haden Church, "We Bought a Zoo" opens Dec. 23. (Published Thursday, Sep 15, 2011)

    The film was to be Damon's directorial debut, but he recently decided that his schedule didn't have enough room in it to do all the requisite preparation. So he turned to Van Sant, who direct Damon's two previous scripts, the Oscar-winning "Good Will Hunting," and "Gerry," reported Deadline.

    This small $15 million project is a classic case of relationships making things happen. Krasinski originally conceived of the idea, and paid Eggers, with whom he worked on "Away We Go," to write a first draft. Krasinski then shared it with Damon, who was filing "The Adjustment Bureau" with Krasinski's wife, Emily Blunt.

    Gus Van Sant's "Restless," Starring Mia Wasikowska, Coming This Fall

    [NATL] "Restless"
    Sony Picture Classics will be releasing this film about a terminally ill teenager, played Mia Wasikowska, who falls for a boy, played by Henry "Son of Dennis" Hopper, who likes to attend funerals, and their encounters with the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot from WWII. (Published Wednesday, May 30, 2012)

    We sure hope this doesn't keep Gus from making his Taylor Lautner film.

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