Hey, if his buddy Ben Affleck can do it, so can Matt Damon.
The "Contagion" star has lined up his second potential directing project, this one an untitled drama set up at Warner Bros., according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Said to be in the vein of "Erin Brockovich," Steven Soderbergh's 2000 legal dramedy that earned Julia Roberts an Oscar, the film will center around a salesman (Damon) whose life is changed after he travels to a small town. Damon co-wrote the screenplay with John Krasinski, who initially developed the story with author David Eggers.
This isn't the only directing project that Matt Damon has in the works, as he's also attached to direct and star in "Father Daughter Time: A Tale of Armed Robbery and Eskimo Kisses," which is also set up at WB. However, things are shaping up to have Damon in the director's chair on the salesman drama as early as next spring.
Matt Damon has made a point of working almost exclusively with A-list directors such as Soderbergh, Martin Scorsese, Paul Greengrass and Clint Eastwood over the past few years, so we're sure he's learned at least one or two things through sheer osmosis, if nothing else. Ben Affleck has carved quite a second career for himself as a film director -- it will be interesting to see if Damon can follow in his pal's footsteps.
Damon is currently attached to his umpteenth collaboration with Soderbergh, "Liberace," and is currently shooting Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium." He'll next be seen in Cameron Crowe's "We Bought a Zoo," opening Dec. 23.