"This has all the elements – lying, corruption, blackmail – at the highest levels of government by the biggest newspaper in London," Clooney says in a statement picked up by Variety. "And the fact that it's true is the best part. Nick is a brave and stubborn reporter and we consider it an honour to put his book to film."
There are no other details yet, but we do know that Clooney and regular producing partner Grant Heslov will craft the film via their Smokehouse production company and aim to kick off shooting next year. This one appears to have leapfrogged over other potential Clooney films, though nothing else has moved far through development.
Acting wise, Clooney will next be seen in Brad Bird's (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol) Tomorrowland and is set to work once more with the Coen brothers on '50s Hollywood tale Hail, Caesar!.