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George Clooney producing, and possibly directing, new film looking at the 2008 bailout

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
April 14th, 2011

Not one to keep his political beliefs silent, it looks like George Clooney may have found inspiration for a new film in the most important event in recent memory, the 2008 bailout.

While documentaries like the absolutely brilliant INSIDE JOB have been able to look at the financial crisis through a really interesting and conversation-starting lens, the world of narrative features haven’t been so lucky. MARGIN CALL was met with middling reviews after its festival run, and while things don’t appear to be getting any better, more and more names are looking to make projects off of this on-going crisis.

And now it’s Clooney’s turn. Variety is reporting that the actor is currently set to produce, and possibly direct, a new film based around the 2009 Washington Post article, “The $700 Billion Man,” penned by Laura Blumenfeld, which follows TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) manager Neel Kashkari who moved to northern California following the government bailout.

Zach Helm will be penning the film’s screenplay. At this point, it remains to be seen just what type of involvement the actor will have with the project, as he’s currently busy shooting THE IDES OF MARCH. He should be free to shoot this film later in the year, but that would be a rather quick turnover for a director who doesn’t work too often. 

Personally, I think this is perfect material for Clooney to take on, so hopefully he’ll find the time to sit in the director’s chair on this project.

What do you think?

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