Sandra Bullock & David Gordon Green Team for 'Our Brand is Crisis'
Following big success with Gravity last year, plans for Sandra Bullock to return to Warner Bros. are solidifying as the studio has just given a greenlight the political dramedy Our Brand is Crisis. The project has been in development for years at George Clooney's Smokehouse Pictures, and Bullock began circling the project late last year during awards season. Now it seems to be coming together as Variety has learned Pineapple Express and Prince Avalanche director David Gordon Green is set to direct the film based on Rachel Boynton's 2005 documentary of the same name about American political strategies used in Bolivia.
The documentary followed real-life consultants James Carville and Stan Greenberg, but it sounds this film will follow fictional political consultants instead. The film is described as a satirical comedy about American spin doctors competing in the same Presidential election in the South American nation. As previously Bullock would play “Calamity” Jane Bodine, a retired American political consultant who often quotes famous people to help hammer home her talking point. The actress will also executive produce the film with Clooney and his producing partner Grant Heslov.
This is an entirely different kind of project for Green who has gone back and forth between studio comedies and independent, mumblecore films over the years. A big screen political dramedy with a Hollywood cast is new territory for Green, especially since Peter Straughan (The Men Who Stare at Goats) wrote the script, while the director is used to writing his own material for the big screen. Could Green bring some of his comedy cohorts like Danny McBride into the fray? That would make for some fun, but it would also be nice to see Green work with a whole new crew of talent. Sound good?