Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Clooney a real-life monster

Word has it that Fox 2000 has closed a deal to turn the bestselling crime book The Monster of Florence into a vehicle for star George Clooney, one of the few working actors who is reliable when it comes to starring in good movies nowadays.

Christopher McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander will write the script. Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen of the Jinks/Cohen Company will produce with Smokehouse's Grant Heslov, and McQuarrie.

Clooney will play Douglas Preston, who wrote the nonfiction bestseller The Monster of Florence with Italian crime reporter Mario Spezi. Preston is a thriller writer who met Spezi after moving to Italy. Together, they set out to solve a 30-year old serial murder case.

The story goes seven couples were savagely murdered between 1974 and 1985 while they sat in cars parked just outside Florence. The trail was cold when Preston moved into a nearby farmhouse and began asking questions.

Could be a decent thriller. Now all they need is a great director to helm. Sounds like a job for David Fincher if you ask me.

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