Want to feel old? The last time Matt Damon and Ben Affleck worked together on a big movie was the 1997 drama "Good Will Hunting."
We were worried their Beantown bromance -- err, their Oscar-winning creative partnership -- was dunzo, but now it looks like the two will be collaborating on a film about fellow Massachusetts resident and mega-mobster Whitey Bulger.
Affleck is directing and Damon and Affleck will costar in the movie, with Damon as the infamous Bulger. Baby brother Casey Affleck, who was last seen creeping around in the Joaquin Phoenix project "I'm Not Here" and "The Killer Inside Me," will also have a role in the project. Meanwhile, Terence Winter, who knows from mobsters in his role as creator and writer of "Boardwalk Empire," is behind the script.
Affleck has definitely proven his directing chops with intense dramas like "Gone Baby Gone" and "The Town" under his belt, and the star-studded "Argo," which he's currently directing and starring in, so it sounds like this will be another feather in his cap. Damon, of course, is no slouch either when it comes to his resumé. Plus, the topic -- a mobster from their neck of the woods -- is perfect.
Affleck told Deadline, "Matt and I have been looking for something to do together for some time … We've heard about Whitey Bulger since we were kids, and we are excited by the prospect of putting it on screen."
Awww! We are too, Ben!
Of course, the most recent rumor that Affleck will be the chosen one to helm "The Stand" is now looking even more unlikely. (Frankly, if anyone gets an adaptation of "The Stand" off the ground for TV, the big screen or a Broadway musical, we'll be dumbfounded.) Affleck, baby Affleck and Damon are super-busy dudes, and a betting guy or gal would put their money on this collaboration above all others.
How could they resist a drama about their neighborhood's most famous FBI fugitive turned informant?