George Clooney May Direct Argo Reporter's Drug Smuggling Drama
The last time that George Clooney and Grant Heslov decided to make a movie based on an article written by Joshuah Bearman the result as Argo, Ben Affleck's unbelievably fantastic thriller that was not only a huge box office hit - pulling in over $200 million internationally on a $44.5 million budget - but the big winner at the 2012 Academy Awards. So it makes all kinds of sense that they are now planning to go back to that they're making a return trip to that well.
The Wrap has learned that Clooney and Heslov are now planning a film based on Bearman's upcoming article about the Coronado Club, with Clooney contemplating directing the project himself. Details about the plot of the film are unknown, but Coronado is the name of a resort city in Southern California and it's said that the story "involves a group of young people who are used to smuggle drugs." The article doesn't mention who the duo has planned to write the adaptation, but notes that Sony Pictures is in talks to produce the project.
Clooney and Heslov, who co-founded Smokehouse Pictures together back in 2006, have kept busy since winning Oscars as producers on Argo, and are currently deep in production on the historical drama The Monuments Men, which Clooney is both directing and starring in with Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Bob Balaban and Jean Dujardin. The duo is also behind John Wells' highly anticipated adaptation of Tracy Letts' play August: Osage County, which will be in theaters on November 8th.
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