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George Clooney to star in THE MONSTER OF FLORENCE for Fox 2000

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
January 4th, 2011

George Clooney

Apparently the new year has brought us more than our fair share of news, and it doesn’t appear to be stopping any time soon.

THR is reporting that the biggest movie star in the world, George Clooney, is set to lead the Fox 2000-produced adaptation of Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi’s novel, The Monster Of Florence. Screenwriters Chris McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander are currently attached to adapt the project, with Clooney, Grant Heslov, Dan Jinks, and Bruce Cohen attached to produce.

Originally optioned by Tom Cruise back in the fall of 2008, the film went into turnaround after UA stalled due to MGM’s financial woes. Jinks and Cohen went to Clooney and Heslov’s Smoke House shingle, and here we are now.

The novel follows an “investigation into the murderer (or murderers) known as Il Mostro, who killed more than a dozen people from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s without being caught. In the course of their digging, Preston, who had moved with his family to a villa in Florence, and Spezi, an Italian crime journalist, were themselves then investigated by the police.”

Personally, this sounds another really great project that the always amazing Clooney has attached himself to. No one seems to attach themselves to quite the same caliber of projects as Clooney does, and this one seems no different. Great premise, plus a great writing team, and a great lead is simple math, equaling something special.

What do you think?

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