George Clooney & Paul Greengrass Team for Original Heist Project
After producing the Oscar bound historical drama Argo for director Ben Affleck, it looks like producing partners George Clooney and Grant Heslov will be behind the scenes for another big name director. Variety reports the duo will produce an original heist film from Argo writer Chris Terrio that has The Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass attached to direct and produce. Terrio is quite the hot commodity after Argo (he could very well end up with an Oscar nomination) and has been working on the remake of Tell No One for Warner Bros, but this heist thriller is completely original, and that sounds great.
Story details are scarce, but the story is said to be set in the world of New York criminal syndicates. It's not clear whether it's a contemporary tale or if it will take us back in time like Argo, but with this kind of talent joining forces behind the camera. Argo isn't the only acclaimed script from Terrio as a spec script called Baltimore (it has not been sold) and another called The Ends of the Earth (a financial thriller with Jennifer Lawrence attached to star for Weinstein Company) both appeared on the Black List, just like the Hollywood infused historical drama.
Depending on how timing works out, there's a chance this film could be competing against George Clooney's next directorial effort Monuments Men when awards season comes around. Of course, since both of these films are still in development, there's no telling when they'll actually go into production and see release. But when this kind of talent comes together, you can bet there's at least some fleeting thoughts of Oscar. For now we're waiting for the Oscar nominations for the year of 2012, so stay tuned for those in 2013.