Van Sant hunting ‘Jerry’

Damon, Casey Affleck to topline pic about 'two guys in a desert'

CANNES — Director Gus Van Sant is reteaming with his “Good Will Hunting” star Matt Damon to shoot a low-budget movie, provisionally titled “Jerry,” which will be sold internationally by FilmFour Intl.

Details of the project are being kept tightly under wraps. Both the William Morris Agency, which reps Van Sant, and FilmFour refused to comment on the pic.

It stars Damon and Casey Affleck in a story described by one distrib as “two guys in the desert.” No script has been given out, and it’s understood that there will be a strong element of improvisation, recalling Van Sant’s early style with pics such as “Drugstore Cowboy.”

“It’s basically a power game between these guys, and although other characters come in and out, it’s essentially a two-hander,” said a source.

Given the bare-bones concept, distribs have raised their eyebrows at the quoted $7 million budget, combined with gross participation for the talent.

FilmFour boarded the project in the past couple of days, to take all UK rights and to handle international sales.

Van Sant’s mainstream breakthrough came with the 1997 pic “Good Will Hunting,” which Damon co-scripted with Ben Affleck. Since then Van Sant has directed “Psycho” and “Finding Forrester.”

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