Monday Movie Report: Matt Damon signs on for Marc Rich biopic

Matt Damon has been brought in on a film project about the life of commodities trader Marc Rich.

According to Variety, Damon will star as Rich in the film, titled “The King of Oil.” The Universal Pictures project is being produced by John Krasinski, Variety reports, through his Sunday Night Productions.

The film, still in the very early stages of production, is based on “The King of Oil: The Secret Lives of Marc Rich.” That biography, Variety states, was written by Daniel Ammann.

The movie will most likely cover Rich’s criminal history. In 1983, Rich was indicted on 65 criminal counts, including tax evasion. However, at that time, he was living in Switzerland. Despite a pardoning from President Bill Clinton, Variety reports that Rich lived outside of the United States until he died in 2013.

This isn’t the first time Damon and Krasinski have worked together. They previously teamed up for “Manchester By the Sea.”

According to Variety, Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse are adapting the screenplay.

For the second straight week it was the sequels for “Jurassic World” and “Incredibles” battling for the top spot. Like the previous weekend, it was “Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom” earning the top spot with $60 million. However, “Incredibles 2” continued its great run, adding another $45 million for second place.

The full top five was:
1. Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom – $60,000,000
2. Incredibles – $45,546,000
3. Sicario 2 – $19,015,000
4. Uncle Drew – $15,500,000
5. Ocean’s 8 – $8,035,000

It’s doubtful that “Jurassic World” 2 can hang on to the top spot another week, though, as the Marvel sequel “Ant-Man and the Wasp” hits theaters. Not only is it an anticipated sequel to a well-received film, it’s also going to help holdover Marvel fans until the next “Avengers” picture.

The other major release this week is “The First Purge,” a prequel to the horror franchise. While the “Ant-Man” sequel comes out Friday,” the “Purge” prequel is opening Wednesday.

For the small screen, meanwhile, new releases are:

  • Blockers, My Rating: 4.5 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs Rating: 3.56 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 83%
  • Beirut, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 77%
  • 7 Days in Entebbe, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 25%

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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