Matt Damon & John Krasinski To Re-Team For ‘The King Of Oil’ At Universal | Film News


Having worked together once before on Gus Van Sant‘s Promised Land, Matt Damon and John Krasinski have signed on to work together again on The King Of Oil, a biopic set up at Universal that will chronicle the true story of disgraced billionaire businessman Marc Rich.


As of right now it is only Damon who is set to star in the film as Rich, with Krasinski simply attached to produce at this point. Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse will adapt Daniel Ammann‘s biography The King Of Oil: The Secret Lives Of Marc Rich.


Rich was a powerful and extremely wealthy oil trader who founded Glencore, a multinational commodity trading and mining company, before being indicted in 1983 on 65 criminal charges. However, he was never made to answer for his crimes and eventually received a controversial pardon from President Bill Clinton on his last day in office, before dying in 2013 at age 78.


Although it would be nice for Krasinski to be in front of the camera or involved in the creative process after the success of A Quiet Place, his producing team-ups with Damon have fared pretty well too, including producing Manchester By The Sea together, which won two Academy Awards.


The hunt for a director to helm The King Of Oil is on, and it should be a relatively hot commodity considering the intriguing true story, plus a star like Damon in the lead role. Damon will soon begin filming James Mangold‘s Ford vs. Ferrari alongside Christian Bale, while Krasinski will be starring in the titular role of Amazon’s new Jack Ryan series.



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