Matt Damon and George Clooney’s HAMDAN V. RUMSFELD May Not Go to Court until 2011

     November 9, 2009

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It seems a bit unfair for me to whine about how George Clooney’s next directing gig, Hamdan v. Rumsfeld starring Matt Damon will probably be pushed back until 2011.  These two actors have done outstanding work throughout most of the decade and it’s selfish of me to demand this movie when they’ll each be so busy working on other projects throughout next year that they simply won’t have time to do it.  But I will continue to selfishly whine because it’s such an exciting combination and potentially powerful story.  Hit the jump to find out why you’re losing your right to a speedy trial (and a laywer and habeus corpus and protections afforded by the Geneva Convention).


Hamdan v. Rumsfeld is the true story of Osama Bin Laden’s chauffeur Salim Ahmed Hamdan capture in Afghanistan, his incarceration in Guantanamo Bay, and how the United States violated the Geneva Convention in the process.  Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, as described by Damon (who would play Hamdan’s lawyer), “It’s about the so called ‘War On Terror’, but set in a courtroom.”  The film would be George Clooney’s 4th feature, following his charming 2008 flick, LeatherheadsHamdan was reportedly set to being shooting in the spring of 2010.

But according to the downers over at The Playlist, it doesn’t look like Clooney and Damon will be making that start date.  The Playlist notes “Damon is currently shooting The Adjustment Bureau now, then Clint Eastwood’s Herefter probably in early 2010, True Grit in March and Soderbergh’s Liberace hopefully in July.”  And with Clooney signing on to Alexander Payne’s The Descendants and planning to take a well-deserved break in the summer, Hamdan doesn’t look like it will be in front of cameras until 2011.  But since Clooney and Damon aren’t just slacking off and playing video games (although I hear Modern Warfare 2 is super-addicting) and are working to bring us more great performances, I’m willing to wait.  And with Obama likely to send tens of thousands of more troops into Afghanistan, it doesn’t look like the so called “War on Terror” will be ending any time soon.

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