No news yet on the involvement of BRENDAN FRASER, but Portland will see another film production in town sooner rather than later—Gus Van Sant's next project, Restless, will film "in Portland and surrounding areas," according to the Governor’s Office of Film & Television. This isn't the film Van Sant's collaborating on with Bret Easton Ellis, but something else entirely.

The Governor’s Office of Film & Television is pleased to announce that Gus Van Sant (Milk, Paranoid Park, Last Days), plans to direct his next feature film Restless in Oregon this fall. “Gus has established himself as a true Oregon artist and I’m pleased that through the Oregon Production Investment Fund we could help him bring his next story home,” said Governor Ted Kulongoski. “Gus has always been a great supporter of the local art scene and that support is demonstrated by his decision to film his next picture in Oregon.” Upon the news Film Office Board Chair Gordon Sondland said, “Gus is putting his movie where his mouth is. As a member of the board of the Governor’s Office of Film and Television, Gus has strongly lobbied producers to consider Oregon for their next project. I am thrilled that he is now filming in a place that he knows will result in an outstanding finished product.”

No, I don't know how one puts a movie where their mouth is either, unless their mouth is really huge. Anyway, the full press release is after the jump.

Van Sant begins new feature film “Restless” in Oregon

The Governor’s Office of Film & Television is pleased to announce that Gus Van Sant (Milk, Paranoid Park, Last Days), plans to direct his next feature film Restless in Oregon this fall. “Gus has established himself as a true Oregon artist and I’m pleased that through the Oregon Production Investment Fund we could help him bring his next story home,” said Governor Ted Kulongoski. “Gus has always been a great supporter of the local art scene and that support is demonstrated by his decision to film his next picture in Oregon.” Upon the news Film Office Board Chair Gordon Sondland said, “Gus is putting his movie where his mouth is. As a member of the board of the Governor’s Office of Film and Television, Gus has strongly lobbied producers to consider Oregon for their next project. I am thrilled that he is now filming in a place that he knows will result in an outstanding finished product.”

Van Sant is one of Oregon’s best known filmmakers. He has 2 Best Director Oscar nominations, for Good Will Hunting in 1998 and for Milk in 2009. Gus’s films have been award winners at festivals world-wide beginning with Mala Noche in 1987 at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. He continued this legacy as he went on to win Best Screenplay in 1989 and 1990 for Drugstore Cowboy (shared with Dan Yost), the International Critics Award at the Toronto Film Festival in 1991 for My Own Private Idaho, and in 1998 he was nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures for Good Will Hunting by the Director’s Guild of America. This past decade he brought us both artistic and commercial successes with Finding Forrester in 2001, Gerry in 2002, Elephant in 2003, Last Days in 2005, Paranoid Park in 2007, and Milk in 2009.

Restless is produced by Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Gus Van Sant. Screenplay by Jason Lew based on his stage play Of Winter and Water Birds. Portland based producer David Cress is the Executive Producer. Principal photography is expected to begin early in November and will take place in Portland and surrounding areas.