Double play for Clooney, WB
'Jazz,' 'Boys' on tap for multihyphenateGeorge Clooney will earn his stripes with the Warner Bros. family. The actor-director-producer has signed on to a pair of high-profile projects at Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Independent Pictures (HR 11/30).
First, Clooney is set to star in and produce "White Jazz," an adaptation of a James Ellroy novel, for WIP. He then will reteam with his "Ocean's Eleven" producer Jerry Weintraub to direct the heist movie "Belmont Boys" for Warners.
"Jazz," which Clooney will produce with his Smokehouse producing partner Grant Heslov, will be directed by Joe Carnahan from a script by his brother Matthew Carnahan ("The Kingdom"). "Jazz" is the last volume of what is known as Ellroy's "L.A. quartet" of crime novels, which includes "L.A. Confidential."
In "Jazz," Clooney will star as a corrupt police lieutenant assigned to a potentially explosive case for the LAPD.
"Belmont Boys," written by "Ocean's Thirteen" writers Brian Koppelman and David Levien, is the name of a group of seven thieves who meet as railbirds at the racetrack in the old days and almost pull off the job of a lifetime. Now, 30 years later, they are thrown back together to finish what they started.