George Clooney may be starring in two of the most anticipated movies of the year — the Coen Brothers’ “Hail, Caesar!” (out Friday) and Jodi Foster’s financial drama “Money Monster” (May 13) — but he’s already in the thick of planning his next directorial effort, “Suburbicon.” The noir drama will be Clooney’s sixth outing in the director’s chair and his first since the disappointing “The Monuments Men” in 2014.
Scripted by the Coen Brothers and reportedly inspired by the atmosphere of their debut “Blood Simple,” the project is quickly taking shape as both Matt Damon and Julianne Moore are now confirmed to star in it. Clooney and creative partner Grant Heslov (“Argo”) will be producing alongside Silver Pictures’ Joel Silver and Black Bear Pictures’ Teddy Schwarzman. Paul Thomas Anderson’s longtime cinematographer Robert Elswit will handle cinematography duties.
The newly released details reveal that the film’s title is actually its setting, a picture-perfect 1950s suburb where the best and worst of humanity is reflected through the deeds of ordinary people. When a home invasion turns deadly, a family must turn to blackmail, revenge and betrayal in order to survive. While Damon will be new to the era, this synopsis seems like a perfect fit and variation of Moore’s Oscar-nominated turn in “Far From Heaven.”
Alex Walton’s Bloom is boarding the project to handle international sales on the film starting at the Berlin International Film Festival this month. Black Bear Pictures is financing the drama, while CAA will handle U.S. distribution sales.
“Clooney is an incredible force in the industry. We’re thrilled to be collaborating with the teams at Silver Pictures, Smokehouse Pictures and Black Bear Pictures,” Walton said in a statement to The Wrap. “The script is written in true Coen Brothers fashion, which Clooney and the starry cast will bring to life.”
Clooney’s next effort, “Hail, Caesar!” will open the Berlin Film Festival on February 11.