Matt Damon and Ben Affleck Together Again

February 18, 2010

Actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck forged their fame together with Good Will Hunting, but since that film won them an Oscar for Best Screenplay their careers have gone in different directions. This has been a good thing for Damon and a disastrous thing for Affleck, at least until he realized he was a skilled director and made Gone Baby Gone. So what are the two up to now?

Vulture reports that the two long-time friends are going to restart their production company and putting together a first-look deal at Warner Bros. It's not exactly clear why Damon would want to put himself in this position considering the fact that he's one of the top 10 bankable stars in Hollywood, and one of the very few who is a first-dollar gross participant in his films (which means he gets paid before anyone else):

Damon and Affleck's reps did not return calls seeking comment, but insiders say a formal announcement of the first-look production deal at Warner Bros. is expected as early as the end of this week. What remains unclear is whether the pair will call the venture LivePlanet, which was the name of the company they started a decade ago with producers Chris Moore and Sean Bailey, or create a brand-new, as-yet unnamed entity.

Here's hoping Project Greenlight doesn't come back. It was pretty unsuccessful in terms of its ability to find new talent and produce films people would actually want to see.

So what are we going to see as a result of this production company? Hopefully it means original films/scripts from the old writing duo, but that remains to be seen. Let's just hope Damon does any work in front of the camera that's necessary. I don't think anyone's waiting for a revival of Affleck's acting "career."

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