I haven't always been a fan of George Clooney's. I first came across him during his "ER" days, at an age when it was cool to mock such things. The bias I harbored after that continued all the way up through and beyond "Batman & Robin." Then Clooney started taking on smart projects, like "Three Kings" and "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" I found myself liking the guy and his work despite myself.
So I feel a bit sorry for old George at the news that he and Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov have been traded away from Warner Bros to Sony. Which isn't to say that Sony is a bad outfit. Clooney and Heslov have almost a decade of history with WB though. Smokehouse hasn't exactly performed to expectations, but it's a shame to see their long partnership end. Nikke Finke at Deadline Hollywood has some less than complimentary things to say about the split and the future prospects for Smokehouse, but I'm maintaining my faith in Clooney's ability to keep being awesome. Read on for a rundown of Smokehouse's in-production projects, straight from the press release.
Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin. An adaptation of Jonathan Mahler’s nonfiction book chronicling the historic Supreme Court case in which two lawyers sued the Bush administration on behalf of accused terrorist Salim Hamdan.
OUR BRAND IS CRISIS
A satirical comedy about American spin doctors competing in the same Presidential election in Bolivia. Based on the documentary by Rachel Boynton, with a script by Peter Straughan (MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS).
An adaptation of Beau Willimon’s critically acclaimed play, set during the Iowa primary of a presidential race.
ESCAPE FROM TEHRAN
The true story of how the CIA used a fake movie project to smuggle hostages out of 1979 Tehran. Chris Terrio is writing the screenplay.
A contemporary spy thriller about a spy who risks everything to reveal a conspiracy after he's accused of a murder he didn't commit. Based on the bestselling book by Olen Steinhauer. Tony Peckham is writing the screenplay.
THE INNOCENT MAN
Based on the bestselling nonfiction book by John Grisham, the true story of murder and injustice in a small town in Oklahoma. Adapted by David Gordon Green.
Do any of these projects spark your interest? Do any sound like a potential next "Good Night, and Good Luck"?