He dropped out of helming Promised Land because of his Elysium schedule but now Matt Damon may have found his first directing project. Long rumored and then denied, the Oscar winner is now in preliminary talks to direct The Foreigner for Paramount. Based on an April 4, 2008 New Yorker article “A Murder Foretold” by David Grann and with a script by Oscar-winning Argo scribe Chris Terrio, the film details corruption and a series of high-level murders in Guatemala that reached all the way to the country’s president. The whole thing broke open at the funeral of Rodrigo Rosenberg when a videotape was circulated that implicated the president, his wife, and other close aides in the wealthy businessman’s killing. The film will be produced by Film Rites’ Steve Zaillian and Garrett Basch and Indian Paintbrush’s Steven Rales and Mark Roybal. Grann and Indian Paintbrush’s Michael Pruss are co-producers. Damon is repped by WME.

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