Clooney, Coens on same page


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.

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.

The Coens co-write their films, which are directed by Joel Coen and produced by Ethan Coen.

In addition to "Brother," Clooney starred in the Coens' 2003 comedy "Intolerable Cruelty," in which he starred opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones.

The Coens have backburnered "Suburbicon" as well as the period comedy "Hail Caesar," about a '20s Shakespeare troupe, in which Clooney was planning to play a hammy actor with a pencil mustache. The Coens' adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's "No Country for Old Men," starring Tommy Lee Jones and Javier Bardem, is slated for release next year by Paramount Vantage. The Coens won the Oscar for best original screenplay for 1996's "Fargo."

Clooney is repped by CAA; the Coens are repped by UTA.