Thursday, May 23, 2024

Movie News Exclusives: Matt Damon Project with Alexander Payne, Bruce Willis, Norman Mailer’s Sons Make a Movie


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I’m hearing that Alexander Payne is re-teaming with frequent collaborator Jim Taylor on a new film. Payne and Taylor wrote “About Schmidt,” “Sideways.” “Election”  and “Citizen Ruth” together. Taylor also produced “The Descendants ” with Payne. Their new project is said to be original, not an adaptation. Matt Damon may be signing for the lead. Potential producer is Megan Ellison and Annapurna. All these names in one place and I want to see the movie already! Let’s see how this develops…

Bruce Willis— isn’t it funny, but I kind of miss him. Anyway, he may be starring in “Wake,” directed by John Pogue of “US Marshalls” fame. Producers are Michael Benaroya and David Alpert. Willis is also in the upcoming “Rock the Kasbah,” the next Barry Levinson movie after “The Humbling.” If you’re interested, Bruce starred in one of Barry’s best movies, a personal favorite of mine called “Bandits.” It’s a lost gem…

…the sons of the late and legendary writer Norman Mailer are getting together for a film project. Michael Mailer, who has a long film resume, will produce and direct an original script called “Blind,” by his brother John Buffalo Mailer. It’s described as a romance between a blind, bitter novelist and a woman assigned to read to him thanks to a community service sentence. The Mailer boys are half brothers and two of Norman Mailer’s nine children…


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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