Oil and Gas Industry Set to Attack Matt Damon's "Promised Land"
Dec 14, 2012 | Sharon Kelly | Alternet
Here's what has the industry so spooked.
This story first appeared on DeSmog Blog .
Next month Focus Features releases Matt Damon’s new movie and the oil and gas industry is worried sick about it.
The movie, Promised Land ,
is about a Pennsylvania farm town deciding whether to go forward with
shale gas drilling after a team of landmen arrives in the area.
Damon plays one of these landman, who rolls into town presenting
himself as a humble flannel-wearing farmboy from Iowa. Damon’s character
is an ace salesman, famously good at convincing homeowners to sign away
the rights to their land. But halfway through the story, he starts
having ethical pangs about his profession. Damon’s internal conflicts
grow deeper as he grows closer to locals.
By Hollywood standards, it’s a small film, with a budget of $15
million. The script was written by Damon and co-star John Krasinski
(best known for his role as Jim in “The Office”) and is based on a story
by Dave Eggers.
The drilling industry is none too pleased about the movie’s at-times
unflattering portrayal of landmen and it has already geared up its
attack machine to aggressively respond.