Well, here’s some hope for anyone who has ever penned a script only to see it get lost adrift the piles of screenplays in Hollywood. Nearly a decade ago, word first surfaced that George Clooney would take the helm of “Suburbicon,” a screenplay penned by the Coens that they had originally planned to direct, with the actor slated to star. “They offered me a part in ‘Suburbicon’ a long time ago, and since then decided they have other projects they want to work on,” Clooney said in 2005. “So I called them up and said ‘How about me taking a spin at it?’ Because it’s a really interesting, really funny, very dark comedy.” Well, the project lives, ten years on.
Deadline reports that TriStar will now back the movie. There isn’t much in the way of plot details, but the trade describes it as a ’50s set crime drama in the vein of “Blood Simple.” I would assume that, like any Coens movie, it likely juggles a variety of tones.
No word yet on when this might shoot, but it’s apparently coming together fast, and it sounds like it’ll be rolling sooner rather than later. And with “Hail, Caesar” around the corner, another Clooney/Coen pairing is just fine by me.