Thursday, July 3, 2008

The First Image From Green Zone

Empire has the first still from the up coming Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon collaboration Green Zone. Matt Damon had this to say about the film:
We're] not trying to make a statement," Damon tells us. "Particularly with a movie that costs $80 or $90 million. Hopefully this will feel like an accurate portrayal of what things were like for these guys. You can't do a polemic – you should be blogging if that's what you want to do."
The film is loosely based on the 2006 book Imperial Life in the Emerald City by journalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran which takes a critical look at the civilian leadership of the American reconstruction project in Iraq. Centered mainly on the actions of the Coalition Provisional Authority, within the Green Zone of Baghdad, Chandrasekaran details the absurdities, incompetence, and bureaucratic failings which prevented a timely transfer of power to the Iraqis and bred the growing insurgency, as well as the idealism and willful self-delusion that prevented American leadership from seeing the true state of affairs in Iraq.

There is no release date yet.