Long time friends and frequent collaborators Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are teaming up once again along with HBO Films to produce a new movie about the global water crisis called Thirst. The actors have worked together previously, perhaps most notably when they acted alongside each other in the 1997 film Good Will Hunting which they also wrote together. That effort won them the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
The film will be directed by HBO veteran Elliott Lester who is coming off of the HBO television movie Nightingale which ended up being nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie and a Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Movie. Lester, along with Damon and Affleck, will produce the film, along with others including Josh Weinstock (who also worked on Nightingale) and Charles Leavitt who will also write the film and has previously turned in scripts for Blood Diamond, Seventh Son and the upcoming World of Warcraft adaptation.
President of HBO Programming Michael Lombardo indicated that the network is pleased to continue their working relationship with Affleck and Damon following the return of their reality series Project Greenlight, saying “We are extremely pleased to continue our collaboration with Matt and Ben. As two of today’s most gifted filmmakers, they are once again using their cinematic talents to bring awareness to this pressing global issue.” Damon and Affleck were similarly enthused, saying “Both Elliott and Chuck are creative forces who bring an extraordinary vision to the material and we are very excited to be a part of it.”
No time frame was announced for the film’s release.