Christ, you're an amateur. I know what I'm doing. Don't worry about me.
Development[ edit ] Matt Damon originally started writing the film as a final assignment for a playwriting class he was taking at Harvard University. At a dinner meeting with Terrence MalickAffleck and Damon told the story to Malick who suggested that the film's climax ought to be Will's decision to follow his girlfriend Skylar to California instead of them leaving together.
Goldman has consistently denied the persistent rumor that he wrote Good Will Hunting or acted as a script doctor. Goldman jokingly writes, "I did not just doctor it. I wrote the whole thing from scratch," before dismissing the rumor as false and saying his only advice was agreeing with Reiner's suggestion.
All the studios that were involved in the original bidding war for the screenplay now turned the pair down, taking meetings with Affleck and Damon only to tell them this to their face.
As a last resort, Affleck passed the script to his Chasing Amy director Kevin Smith, who read it and promised to walk the script directly into Harvey Weinstein 's office at Miramax.
Weinstein read the script, loved it, and paid Castle Rock their due, while also agreeing to let Damon and Affleck star in the film. In his recollection of the meeting, Weinstein asked about an out-of-place, mid-script oral sex scene, which Damon and Affleck explained was a test to see which studio executives had actually read the script.
Several well-known filmmakers were originally considered to direct, including Mel GibsonMichael Mannand Steven Soderbergh. He declined, saying they needed a "good director" and that he only directs things he writes and is not much of a visual director, but still served as one of the film's executive producers.
Damon and Affleck later chose Gus Van Sant for the job, whose work on previous films like Drugstore Cowboy had left a favorable impression on the fledgling screenwriters.
Miramax was persuaded and hired Van Sant to direct the film.
Filming took place between April and June Although the story is set in Boston, and many of the scenes were done on location in the Greater Boston area, much of the filming was done at locations in Toronto, with the University of Toronto standing in for the interiors of MIT and Harvard University.
Harvard normally disallows filming on its property, but permitted limited filming by the project after intervention by Harvard alumnus John Lithgow. The site's critical consensus reads: It follows a predictable narrative arc, but Good Will Hunting adds enough quirks to the journey — and is loaded with enough powerful performances — that it remains an entertaining, emotionally rich drama.Bernard Cohen, a writer and artist who graduated from MIT in , after an alleged 20 years of silence, told Page Six that he is the man behind the film that launched Damon and Affleck's careers — and he's got nothing to show for it and no way to prove it.
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Good Will Hunting was the first screenplay that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck ever pitched to Hollywood. And as far as first tries go, they did a pretty insanely, amazingly good job.
After selling the screenplay to Castle Rock for over half a million dollars, Damon and Affleck decided to re-shop the thing until Miramax bought it from Castle Rock for even more money.