Matt Damon & Liam Neeson are NOT signed up for the TT Movie!
TT Movie director confirms that neither Damon or Neeson are on board.
When it was reported by British, magazine-associated website, Morebikes this week that Liam Neeson and Matt Damon had signed onto the TT Movie under development by Ben Younger, the motorcycling press and pundits on the internet collectively lost their sh*t and began regurgitating the news verbatim.
So much so that instead of what should have been left as nothing more than tittle-tattle between one journalist and his friend has turned into a tsunami of reposting that has reached as far as Jalopnik, Dark Horizons and Slashfilm. The problem is, none of the story is true.
“The press you read today is false. We do not have those actors attached. Please tell any and everyone not to run that. In fact, this kind of shoddy reporting is what will tank the film.” – Ben Younger
We were as excited as anyone when we learned earlier this year that Younger had resurrected his plans for an Isle of Man TT movie. In fact, having looked back at the dates of other, similar articles around the same time, it would appear that we were the first motorcycle title to report on that news. Kudos to us right?
Well, sort of. I mean, all we did was read some news on a movie website and report on it; but at least we did some research and checked the sources before posting.
The ‘reporting‘ from Morebikes has none of this due diligence associated with it.
According to them, a quote from an unnamed ‘Honda Boss’ claims the following,
“Cam [Donald] is going to do the riding for Matt who plays a racer who comes to the TT later on in his career.
“We’ve already been working as advisers to the technical aspects of the film. It’s all very exciting and there seems to be a big budget involved. It’s one of those movies with lots of people attached. I’ve met with the writer and director Ben Younger and he has a clear idea of how it’s going to happen. There’s a lot of film people who will be at the TT making this film next year.”
This all sounds a little too weird to be true, right?
Well, that’s what we thought. So because we’ve already been in touch with the Director of the movie, Ben Younger, we reached out yesterday for a quote from the man who’d absolutely know what’s happening. And his response?
“The press you read today is false. We do not have those actors attached. Please tell any and everyone not to run that. In fact, this kind of shoddy reporting is what will tank the film.”
Younger is understandably upset about the false reporting.
In the pre-production phases of movie development there are many elements to contend with, financing being perhaps the greatest of them. Asides from the actual movie-making process, one of the largest, bulk costs associated to any movie will be the talent hired to perform. When names such as Damon and Neeson appear attached to a more ‘modest’ budgeted project such as that which the Isle of Man movie is, then it can greatly damage the chances and opportunities for funding.