Sunday, 22 November 2015

George Clooney in talks to direct Suburbicon

His previous collaborations with the Coen brothers have certainly been fruitful, spawning O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), Intolerable Cruelty (2003) and the forthcoming Hail, Caesar! Now, George Clooney is taking a slightly different track for a fourth team-up, with news arriving via Deadline that he is currently in talks to step behind the camera and direct the Joel and Ethan scripted Suburbicon.

Little is known about the film at this point, but Sony Pictures' TriStar arm is feverishly hoping it all comes together, which is looking likely. Clooney would handle what is described in Deadline's report as a 1950s set noir drama that would feel tonally like the Coens' Blood Simple (1984). Talk of this happening has been floating around for nearly a decade, with the chatter about Clooney and the film dating back to 2005, around the time he was being feted for Good Night And Good Luck (2005). And while the Coens usually direct their own material, they have provided scripts for others, including their recent re-write work on Steven Spielberg's (Lincoln) Bridge Of Spies.

The Coen brothers' latest, the aforementioned Hollywood kidnap comedy drama Hail, Caesar!, is due here on 26 February. Clooney will be part of the incredible ensemble cast, and will follow the film with Jodie Foster's (Little Man Tate) financial hostage drama Money Monster, out on 15 April.

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