Matt Damon will not be making his directorial debut yet, revealed his collaborator John Krasinski.
The Bourne star wanted to take control of the as-yet-untitled drama about a salesman who comes to a small town and experiences life-changing events, co-written by John, but timing issues made it difficult to juggle.
"I brought the script to Matt, who wanted to direct immediately. He looked at his schedule and there was just no way to do everything," the actor told The Playlist.
"He takes it very seriously and he didn't want his first opportunity to direct to be hindered in any way, shape or form. He's doing [Liberace biopic] Behind The Candelabra in June, so he would have had to shoot our movie, go shoot another movie, and then come back and edit and that's just not the way you want to do your first movie.
"I was incredibly bummed, to say the least," he added.
However, Matt has already lined up a replacement director in Gus Van Sant.
"He called and said, 'So, Gus Van Sant's doing our movie' and I flipped out," John recalled.
"I think Gus is one of the most talented directors there is or ever has been. He's an incredible story teller. For our movie in particular, he's going to be incredible. So I'm thrilled. It's my first original script, so to have this experience, I should just call it quits after this," he joked.
The film is set to start shooting in April, for a 2013 release.