Gus Van Sant, Matt Damon take on fracking in new film

Gus Van Sant will direct Matt Damon and The Office's John Krasinksi in a film about the environmental impacts of fracking.

Gus Van Sant will direct Matt Damon and The Office's John Krasinksi in a film about the environmental impacts of fracking.

What’s not to love about a film featuring movie star Matt Damon and The Office’s John Krasinski in a soul-searching story about hydraulic fracturing?

Portland hometown favorite Gus Van Sant, who directed Damon’s "Good Will Hunting," will direct "Promised Land" with a budget of about $15 million, according to Deadline.com.

Damon and Krasinski co-wrote “Promised Land” and will fill the starring roles. Movie industry chatter says that Damon will play a sales executive whose life is changed after he lands in a small Pennsylvania town, where many of the locals have expressed concerns about what fracking does to the environment. Krasinski’s character is a rival sales executive. Rosemarie DeWitt has signed on as the female lead. Hal Holbrook will play an engineer in the film, described as Frank Capra-esque at The Playlist.com.

Capra made a career of directing films that showcase stories about ordinary characters overcoming great odds, such as “It’s A Wonderful Life.”

On other fracking film news, a pro-fracking documentary, “FrackNation,” is also in the works. Filmmakers are collecting donations.

According to the website, Kickstarter.com, a pledge of $1 or more buys you an executive producer title, complete with film credits.

Read more in the Houston Business Journal's Drilling Down blog.

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