Longtime Coen brothers collaborator George Clooney, who stars in their Hollywood caper, “Hail, Caesar!”—due out from Universal early next year—is looking to team up with the pair again, this time behind the camera. Deadline reports that the “O Brother Where Art Thou?” and “Intolerable Cruelty” star is rumored to direct the Coens’ long-gestating noir, “Suburbicon,” to be produced by Joel Silver.
It would be Clooney’s first turn in the director’s chair since 2014’s “The Monuments Men,” and perhaps a chance to recapture the magic of his black-and-white portrait of Edward R. Murrow’s challenge to red-baiting Sen. Joseph McCarthy, “Good Night and Good Luck.” Clooney’s directorial efforts since then, including “Leatherheads” and “The Ides of March,” were largely unsuccessful with critics and audiences, but his way with the smoky glamour of the first golden age of television suggests that midcentury noir could be a fruitful path. (“Suburbicon” is reportedly set in the 1950s.)
In addition to “Hail, Caesar!,” the Coens have been busy with other directors’ projects, too: FX’s acclaimed “Fargo” has their blessing (as executive producers), and they contributed to Matt Charman’s script for Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies.”