Is George Clooney’s ‘Suburbicon’ Finally Happening?

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George Clooney and the Coen brothers are about to make more movie magic together. The trio, who most recently worked together on the upcoming comedy Hail Caesar!, are reportedly already busy planning their next collaboration: the long-gestating film, Suburbicon.

According to Deadline, Clooney is in talks to direct Surburbicon, based on a script written by Joel and Ethan Coen. Though specific details about the project haven’t been released, Deadline describes it as a “small crime drama” that’s set in the 1950s and will reportedly boast a similar tone to that of the Coen brothers’ breakout flick, Blood Simple. Nothing is official yet, but the deals are currently in the process of being made. Should things move forward, Joel Silver (The Matrix trilogy, Lethal Weapon) will reportedly be on board to produce.

This will mark a big step forward for the project, which the trio has reportedly been trying to develop for about a decade. Clooney was first attached to the film back in 2005. At the time, the Coen brothers were expected to direct, with the actor on board to star. But the Coens ended up shelving the project in favor of making the adaptation of No Country For Old Men, which wasn’t a bad move, given the latter won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Now, 10 years later, it looks like Suburbicon will finally get another shot — with Clooney behind the camera.

Like most other Coen movies, Suburbicon will feature a genre-blending mishmash of tones. While Deadline described the movie as a drama, that doesn’t mean there won’t be some laughs. As Clooney explained of the project back in 2005, “They offered me a part in Suburbicon a long time ago, and since then decided they have other projects they want to work on. 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.”

Suburbicon would mark the fifth film collaboration between the Coen brothers and Clooney. The actor first starred in the filmmakers’ 2000 flick, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, followed by the comedy Intolerable Cruelty in 2003 and the crime comedy drama Burn After Reading in 2008. Hail Caesar! is set to hit theaters next year.

In addition to expanding the relationship between the three filmmakers, Surburbicon would also signify the sixth directorial effort for Clooney. Since breaking out with Good Night, and Good Luck, he’s helmed flicks such as Leatherheads and The Ides of March. Most recently, he helmed 2014’s disappointing The Monuments Men.

If things move forward as planned, Suburbicon would only be the latest project on Clooney’s slate of upcoming projects. Aside from starring in the upcoming Hail Caesar!, he’s also set to star in the Jodie Foster-directed thriller drama Money Monster, due out next spring.

Whether Suburbicon will finally make it to theaters after being shelved for so long remains to be seen, but Deadline suggests that things are coming together quickly, so viewers should expect more info sooner rather than later. In the meantime, audiences can catch the latest Coen-Clooney flick, Hail Caesar!, on February 5, 2016.

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