Ben Affleck’s third directorial effort, Argo, has done solid business at the box office and is considered one of the frontrunners in the Best Picture Oscar ‘race’ right now. Hence, Argo screenwriter Chris Terrio is enjoying a career boost and has a hand in developing several scripts right now.
One such project that Terrio is writing is a tentatively-untitled crime syndicate flick that has some heavyweight, awards-friendly, personnel attached to headline and direct (as well as produce) – namely, Oscar-nominees George Clooney and Bourne series alum Paul Greengrass.
Variety describes Terrio’s script as “an original story set in the world of New York criminal syndicates,” but reports that other details (including, the working title) are under-wraps for the time being. Nonetheless, it’s proven promising enough to get both Clooney and Greengrass attached, in addition to Clooney’s writing/producing partner and Smoke House co-head Grant Heslov (Good Night, and Good Luck., The Ides of March). Of course, Clooney and Heslov were also among the numerous producers who backed Affleck’s historical CIA thriller.
Clooney and Greengrass won’t be collaborating right away, as both will have other projects taking up their time in the foreseeable future. The former, for instance, is actively preparing to begin production on his next starring/writing/directing vehicle The Monuments Men, which has assembled a stellar cast that includes Daniel Craig (Skyfall), Cate Blanchett (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) and Argo costar John Goodman. Moreover, Clooney is lining up for the lead in director Brad Bird’s mystery sci-fi project 1952 after he finishes Monuments Men (based on the book about the U.S. mission to recover stolen art from the German Third Reich during WW II).
Meanwhile, Greengrass recently entered post-production on his next film Captain Phillips, which is an adaptation of Richard Phillips’ memoir “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea” scripted by Bill Ray (The Hunger Games) and starring Tom Hanks. We also heard a couple weeks ago that the Bourne Supremacy/Ultimatum director’s postponed Martin Luther King project Memphis looks to be gaining new financing - and thus, could feasibly end up becoming Greengrass’ next picture.
Terrio, Clooney and Greengrass is a pretty potent combination, regardless of what their collaboration ultimately proves to be about (or called); suffice it to say, this is one to keep an eye out for – once its principal players officially find an opening in their collective schedule to work together, that is. As always, though, Screen Rant will keep you up-to-date on the situation as more information is released.