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Good script hunting as Matt and Ben reunite for new film

A childhood friendship between Matt Damon and Ben Affleck culminated in nine Oscar nominations -- and two wins -- when they united to write and star in Good Will Hunting more than a decade ago.

Since the late 1990s, each has married, settled down and forged his own path.

Now, a decade after they starred in their last film together -- Dogma -- they are on the verge of signing a deal which may lead to a resparked writing-acting relationship.

Unconfirmed reports suggested that the two actors were on the verge of signing a deal with Warner Brothers which would lead them to produce films jointly.

While they have co-produced in the past, the news that they were coming together again led to widespread speculation that the collaboration could lead to a co-writing, co-starring role for the two friends.

Empire magazine said: "The duo have been talking about a second script for ages now and maybe this deal will give them the impetus they need."

Ali Jaafar, of Variety, added that it marked the "next chapter" in their professional relationship, and said there was every likelihood the two would reunite in a film together.

"Since Good Will Hunting, they have become stars in their own right, going their separate professional ways.

"I'm sure if they find the right project fit for one or both of them, it will make a co-starring role much likelier," he said.

The pair lived two blocks away from each other in their childhood town of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and became fast friends. They attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, although in different year groups -- Damon (39) is two years older than Affleck.

They burst the ramparts of Hollywood with their indie drama Good Will Hunting in 1997.