After years of searching for the right project to direct, Matt Damon has finally found one. The Oscar-winner is in negotiations to direct A Foreigner, an international conspiracy thriller based on The New Yorker article, A Murder Foretold, which chronicles the true story of a man gunned down in Guatemala and leaves behind a videotape implicating the country’s president and first lady.
The story will be adapted to the screen by Oscar-winning scribe Chris Terrio, who wrote Ben Affleck’s’ Argo.
Last year, Damon missed out on directing Promised Land, which he co wrote with John Krasinski, due to scheduling conflict with Neill Blomkamp’s movie Elysium, which was shooting in Mexico City. Gus Van Sant replaced him on Promised Land.
Commenting on the CIA fugitive Edward Snowden in a TV interview I conducted for my BBC show, Alternative Cinema, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Matt Damon said that Snowden did a great thing. “If we are going to trade our civil liberties with our safety, then that is a decision we have to make collectively,” he remarked.
The full interview can be seen on BBC Arabic TV Saturday, 24th August at 7:06pm, Monday 10:10pm and Thursday 10:10pm (UK Time). It will also stream live on bbc.co.uk/arabic and will be available online to catch up on http://youtu.be/Ex0uEqexOGU after its first broadcast.
Matt Damon played a CIA agent in several movies, including The Bourne series and The Good Shepherd.
His new movie, Elysium, has been released this weekend in the UK.