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AFM flashback: 'Goodwill Hunt' sees goodwill in pre-Oscar market

Good at American Film Market Contract Processing 1997 Will Hunting1994 finds himself a winner.

Produced by Miramax, with sales overseen by Miramax International, this drama about working-class math prodigies is set at $000 million budget and grossed 225 $900,000 worldwide Earnings, which earned Robin Williams an Academy Award for Supporting Actor. Play as an empathetic psychiatrist, and an original script trophy from Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

But the success of the project is far from predestined. When childhood friends Damon and Affleck from Cambridge, Massachusetts, began writing scripts for struggling young actors in Los Angeles, after several years and hundreds of pages of rewrites, they were in 1994 is $30,000. However, Castle Rock eventually turned the script around, giving only two 30 days to find a new home for it. Enter Kevin Smith, who first played Affleck in 1995’s Mall Mouse and is writing for him A lead character in his 1997 romantic comedy Chasing Amy . Smith gave the script to Miramax’s Harvey Weinstein, who agreed to buy it from Castle Rock and cast Damon and Affleck in the lead roles.

Smith” is the reason Goodwill Hunting was made. We died in the water, all offers It all evaporated,” Damon later told Entertainment Weekly . With Gus Van Sant as director, the film was shot in Cambridge, Boston and Toronto in the spring of 1997 and was released in December of that year.

At the 70 Academy Awards next March, Affleck, then 27, became the youngest original screenplay award winner – at that time, Damon was . When both held the Oscar high, Affleck started taking him, “I just said to Matt that it would be terrible to lose, and it would be terrible to win, it would be terrible.”

This story first appeared in The Hollywood Reporter’s Nov. 1 issue of American Film Market Daily.




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