More than a decade after releasing Good Will Hunting and Gerry, Gus Van Sant is once again teaming up with Matt Damon for a new film called Promised Land. Production began rather quietly back in April, and there’s still no official word on when it may hit theaters, but according to one actor, the film may be released by the end of this year. In a lengthy interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, John Krasinski confirmed that Van Sant is currently editing Promised Land, and that he will convene with his producers at the end of the summer. Krasinski, who co-wrote the film alongside Damon and author Dave Eggers, went on to say that once Van Sant completes his final, post-edit tweaks, Promised Land could see a limited release by the end of the year.
As for the film itself, Krasinski insists that Promised is not simply an “anti-fracking” movie, as many have assumed. Though he acknowledges that fracking does play a role in the film, the actor says it serves more as a “backdrop” to a more personal story — one inspired, in part, by his own father.
“The idea of fracking or natural gas was just a very apropos news story that was beginning to grow a year and a half ago. I just chose that as the background and, of course, that has grown into something quite wild in and of itself. I think I was completely ready for people to call it an anti-fracking movie; you know the fevered pitch that it’s hit now. But a year and a half ago, it was just more of something that was going on and something to be debated.”
Read the full interview here.
UPDATE: Focus Features has announced that Promised Land will be released in New York and LA on December 28th, before expanding to a wide release in January 2013. This will put it in contention for this year’s Academy Awards.