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Matt Damon has been talking about directing for years. The Oscar-winning screenwriter and Oscar-nominated actor certainly has the resume to try his hand. In fact, I’m sure every major studio would jump at the chance to give him his big break, but until now, the right opportunity hasn’t emerged. That all changed last month when Warner Brothers bought Father Daughter Time: A Tale Of Armed Robbery and Eskimo Kisses. Matthew Aldrich’s script hasn’t yet been completed, but its premise follows a father daughter bandit team that bonds during an extended road trip of crime.

Speaking before the American Institute For Stuttering Benefit Gala, Damon was very coy when with New York Mag, but he did offer up a couple of interesting tidbits about his directorial debut. First, it’s going to start filming during the first quarter of next year, and second, it stars John Krasinski. At a glance, that seems like the only pertinent information needed, but the thing is, Damon has never officially confirmed Father Daughter Time is going to be that aforementioned directorial debut. That’s the buzz on the street, but for all we know, he could just be acting in it, making this other flick some random film none of us have considered. Unlikely but still possible.

Either way, it’s about damn time Matt Damon got into the director’s chair. Most great actors don’t make very good directors. It’s like sports. Most of the all-time great coaches were just above-average when they played, but now and again, a true master comes along that’s wonderful at both. Think Clint Eastwood. Think Lenny Wilkens. Think Robert Redford. Damon probably doesn’t belong in that camp like his buddy Ben Affleck (who’s now 2/2 in making very good movies), but there’s no way of knowing until he tries. I applaud the effort, and apparently, so does John Krasinski.

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