Focus Features is making a rights deal for David Grann’s massive article in the May 28 issue of The New Yorker, The Yankee Commandante.
Writer, Actor, Director George Clooney is attached to direct. As a filmmaker George Clooney has a checkered record thus far. Good Night and Good Luck, his black-and-white biopic about American journalist Edward G. Murrow, was critically heralded and scored six Oscar nods, while its football-centered follow-up Leatherheads was both a critical and financial flop. But with the success of Ides of March, his stern adaptation of the Beau Willimon play Farragut North, Clooney is once more on an upswing.
The film is about William Alexander Morgan, an American who helped Castro and the Cuban rebels overthrow Fulgencio Batista. He’d reached the status of Comandante, the sole foreigner other than Argentinian Che Guevara to be so highly regarded. Shortly after, Morgan, a shadowy man whose motives for being there were subject to suspicion, was imprisoned and facing a firing squad, charged with working for U.S. intelligence. At the same time, his exploits as a rebel soldier led J. Edgar Hoover and everyone else scrambling to sort out his motives and who he was working for. Quite the caper, huh?
Clooney has been a busy man, but that’s nothing new. He regularly testifies on Congress, holds fundraisers for The President of the United States, is producing Ben Affleck’s new film Argo, and is starring Alfonso Cuaron’s 3D space adventure, ‘Gravity.’
Stay tune for casting news.
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