The marketing for Green Zone has made quite a big deal about the film reuniting Matt Damon with his Bourne Ultimatum and Bourne Supremacy director Paul Greengrass, and there are valid reasons for that. The movie features Greengrass's trademark shaky camera technique, as well as Matt Damon kicking people. The difference is this film has an even more ludicrous plot than the Bourne films (if you can believe that), without half the quality of those movies' scripts (if you can believe that).
Thinking outside the box is not a new concept in Hollywood. I mean, this is the town that said, "I know! Talking, dancing Chihuahuas!" and then actually made a bunch of money. So, it may come as little surprise that they're doing the same thing with The Trial of the Chicago 7, an upcoming DreamWorks project about the 1968 riots at the Democratic convention and the events that followed. And by "same thing" I don't mean talking, dancing Chihuahuas. Praise be. Written by Aaron Sorkin, the political drama has had a few directors who've come in for talks about attaching themselves to the film, including Steven Spielberg, Paul Greengrass, and Ben Stiller. No, you totally read that right. Stiller is the latest in a line of helmers that have been in discussions to work on the film, even though this project is decidedly different in tone from the rest of the director's oeuvre. Not that a guy can't change direction or want to work on something a little bit different, but it seems an interesting choice.