Clooney, Coens re-team

'Burn' marks third outing together

George Clooney is reteaming with filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen for their third film together, "Burn After Reading," a spy caper about a CIA agent who loses the disc of the book he is writing (HR 10/25).

The film will mark a more comedic take on the world of spooks than Clooney's recent Oscar-winning dramatic turn in "Syriana." Clooney will play a killer in the comedy.

Working Title Films will produce the film for Focus Features, which has worldwide distribution rights. Working Title also produced 2000's "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" the first film Clooney made with the Coens.

"Burn" is slated to start principal photography in August to mid-September, after Clooney completes directing his 1920s football film "Leatherheads," in which he is expected to star with Renee Zellweger.
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