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George Clooney Revives Coens-Scripted Dark Comedy ‘Suburbicon’ to Direct

Written by on October 26, 2015 

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Few filmmakers better utilize George Clooney‘s comedic talents than Joel and Ethan Coen, having worked together on O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Intolerable Cruelty, and Burn After Reading. With their reunion in the upcoming Hail, Caesar! shaping up to be one of our most-anticipated events in cinema next years, it is welcome news that they won’t wait much longer to team together again.

“I’m going to do a comedy with Joel and Ethan in around a year,” he told Empire an entire decade ago. “I really like working with them and I like doing comedy with them. 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.”

Ten years later, the project has been revived, according to Deadline. Set up over a TriStar, they describe it as “a noir drama in the vein of the Coens’ breakout film Blood Simple, with this one being a small crime drama set in the 1950s.” However, we’ll trust Clooney on the tone with this, considering the Coens’ ability to pepper in dark comedy in virtually all of their films. With Clooney having not revealed any other set future projects, perhaps this one could arrive sooner than expected.

What’s your favorite Clooney-Coens collaboration?


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