George Clooney to Produce & Direct 'The Yankee Comandante' Next
Coming off of last year's The Ides of March, my favorite film of 2011, the next film from George Clooney as a director is something that I'm already looking forward to, not matter what the story. Thankfully, it sounds like we know at least one project he will take on in the future as Deadline reports Clooney is attached to direct The Yankee Comandante, a film based on David Grann's article of the same name from The New Yorker. Focus Features is closing the deal for the rights to the article, and Clooney will also produce the film with his production partner Grant Heslov, who also teamed with him on The Ides of March in 2011.
The extensive article chronicles the work of William Alexander Morgan, an American who helped Castro and the Cuban rebels overthrow Fulgencio Batista thus giving him the status of Comandante, the sole foreigner other than Argentinian Che Guevara (whom he maintained was not a Communist) to be so highly regarded. However, once Castro came into power Morgan was suddenly not so trustworthy and was imprisoned and facing a firing squad, charged with working for U.S. intelligence. Meanwhile, Morgan's status as a rebel soldier didn't sit well with J. Edgar Hoover, and everyone was trying to figure out whose side he was on.
Sounds like a decent role for Clooney to take if he were so inclined, but I'm not sure if he's young enough. As of now he's only attached to direct and produce anyway, so he might stay behind the camera this time. Real-life, historical dramas seem to be Clooney's favorite as a writer, director and producer. In addition to this project, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Good Night and Good Luck both hail from the history books, and he also produced Argo, a film about how the CIA used a fake sci-fi film to rescue Americans in the Tehran hostage crisis. Any new project from Clooney has my full attention and this is no different.