May 19, 2009

Some George Clooney related news from Cannes!

I've been keeping clear of most of the stuff from Cannes till the dust settles, but for now, Variety has this interesting news from France:
Two George Clooney projects are making news at the Cannes film fest. Focus Features has set Clooney to star in "A Very Private Gentleman," an adaptation of the Martin Booth novel to be directed by Anton Corbijn.
Rowan Joffe is scripting the pic, which shoots in Italy this fall.
Clooney will play an assassin who hides out in an idyllic Italian town before carrying out a final assignment. He resists his usual aversion to human interaction, and his friendships and romantic entanglements complicate his mission.
Clooney and Smokehouse partner Grant Heslov will join Anne Carrey as producer.
Separately, in the first major pickup of the festival, Overture has grabbed domestic rights to war comedy "Men Who Stare at Goats," featuring Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges and helmed by Heslov.
McGregor stars as a journalist who stumbles upon an ex-member (Clooney) of a secret U.S. Army unit that used paranormal tactics.
Peter Straughan adapted a nonfiction book by Jon Ronson.
"Goats" shot in Puerto Rico and was produced by Smokehouse and the BBC, with financing partner Winchester Capital. CAA repped the domestic deal, which was said to be in the $4 million range. Mandate sold foreign rights.
Upcoming for Clooney is the Jason Reitman-directed "Up in the Air," which Paramount releases at Christmas.
-These projects certainly all seem interesting to me...what about you?


  1. Clooney is due some more Oscar recognition

  2. he's a far better director than actor

  3. i agree to some degree, i actually think he might be another Eastwood later in life...known more for behind the camera than in front of it

  4. Men Who Stare At Goats looks like it could be amazing, with four of my favorite actors. I'm definitely putting that near the top of my radar.