You'd think that "The Informant!" star Matt Damon and filmmaker Clint Eastwood would right now be preparing to promote their first collaboration, Oscar-bait "Invictus," which is due for a mid-December release. And they probably are, but that doesn't mean other business is being ignored. As Variety reports today, the director and star are all set to get the band back together for another project, titled "Hereafter."
There's not much to go on in terms of plot points just yet. The article states that Warner Bros. isn't saying much, other than describing the project as a supernatural thriller in the vein of "The Sixth Sense." I wasn't a big fan of M. Night Shyamalan's breakout, but Eastwood is a more nuanced filmmaker; here's hoping he doesn't pin this new movie's success to a single, mind-bending twist. The script comes from "Frost/Nixon" writer Peter Morgan, who will also produce alongside Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall and Tim Moore.
"Invictus" is a dramatically different sort of offering, one which is more in line with Eastwood's most recent body of work. The based-on-truth story focuses on Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) in a post-apartheid South Africa. The newly installed leader links up with the captain (Damon) of the country's underdog rugby team in an effort to unite his people during those turbulent times.
I'm sure it's going to be a great work of film, but "Invictus" is the sort of Eastwood I've come to be wary of. Many of his recent efforts have been heavy-handed and overly serious; I miss the days of "Dirty Harry," the Westerns, the Eastwood who would rather let his firearms do the talking. "Hereafter" probably won't be such an action-heavy affair, but I'd happily settle for it not taking itself so seriously.
Eastwood and Damon, together again: a good pairing? Would you rather wait for "Invictus" before making a judgment? What do you think a supernatural Eastwood flick might feel like? Do you miss the filmmaker's over-the-top characters of old?