George Clooney to Reportedly Direct Upcoming Coen Brothers Noir “Suburbicon”

He’s bonafide.

In what is being described by Deadline (in the most Coen brothers-y way possible) as “a hot package fast coming together,” George Clooney is reportedly deep in talks to take on the role of director for Suburbicon, a 1950s-set noir drama written by Joel and Ethan Coen that will follow in the style of the duo’s classic debut Blood Simple.

That’s about all in the way of concrete information, but the details fit recent precedents set from the Coens’ last two films—namely, of handing off scripts to big-name directors, as they did for Bridge of Spies (and possibly will do for Ross Macdonald’s Black Money), and of collaborating with George Clooney, as they have for the upcoming Hail, Caesar!, in addition to numerous projects in the past.

The Coens in this case would be banking on the presumption that Clooney will deliver something along the lines of his previous successes Good Night, and Good Luck and The Ides of March, and not something like his latest project The Monuments Men, which did about as well as his former project Leatherheads.

(via The A.V. Club)

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