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Rob Leane Feb 13, 2017
Kevin Smith has always had to fight to get his films off the ground: he started his filmmaking career by maxing out multiple credit cards to self-finance Clerks, and more recently, legend has it, it was only Johnny Depp’s decision to come on board as a wacky supporting character that allowed Smith to secure financing for his walrus-centric horror flick Tusk.
Smith has, across his career, been offered several barmy jobs (he rejected a chance to pen Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian back in the 90s) and he’s also signed up for a lot of projects that never got past the script phase.
The latter camp of could’ve-beens is what we’re talking about today, following that news that Clerks III »
Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe suffered another setback this week as Ben Affleck became the latest director to bail on a DC Films project, with Affleck opting against helming The Batman in order to “find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film.”
With the official announcement came reports that War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves is high on the shortlist to take over from Affleck, and now Forbes is reporting that Denis Villeneuve (Arrival), George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road), Gavin O’Connor (The Accountant) and Matt Ross (Captain Fantastic) are also on the studio’s radar.
- Gary Collinson
This isn’t the first time that a project has gotten away from Damon, either; prior to Kenneth Lonergan coming on board, the award-winning actor was all but set to make his directorial debut with Manchester By the Sea, ultimately settling for a producing role on the Oscar frontrunner. A stacked schedule was to blame for the switcheroo, and Damon’s busy lineup looks to have been the main perpetrator here as well.
Warner Bros. first snapped up rights to Matthew Aldrich’s spec, Father Daughter Time: A Tale Of Armed Robbery And Eskimo Kisses, back in 2011, and Matt Damon has been attached ever since. That filmmaking debut will have to wait, though, with Gavin O’Connor now officially in the director’s chair. »
- Michael Briers
3 items from 2017
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