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George Clooney to hunt down Nazi-stolen art!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. The Wrap sat down with George Clooney this weekend and got to talking about his current projects, most notably his next effort as director. Turns out he's hard at work co-writing an adaptation of The Monuments Men, a story of the group of allied art experts chosen to scour Europe to reclaim the art stolen from museums and private collections by Hitler's army during WW2.

He's reteaming with his regular partner-in-crime Grant Heslov to craft the script and plans on starring and directing. I'm quite a fan of Clooney's in both regards, with Good Night and Good Luck being a particular favorite.

In the interview, Clooney says the movie is set up at Sony, will have a healthy budget and will be very commercial, a very fun film with lots of juicy roles up for grabs.

Count me in!

-Eric Vespe
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  • Jan. 8, 2012, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Good for him.

    by Iowa Snot Client

    And he acts too.

  • I HATE THIS GUY! No seriously, good for him.

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 4:46 p.m. CST

    I Still Love Confessions of A Dangerous Mind

    by Crow3711

    It's offbeat in the most enjoyable way. Loaded with great performances and fun cameos, and a terrific ending. Good Night and Good Luck was also excellent, of course, in a much more respectable, Oscar-y kind of way. The football movie was kind of a misfire. Like he tried to make his own Coen movie, but not so great if I remember properly, which I possibly don't. Can't even recall the title.... Anyway, this sounds good. Looking forward to hearing more.

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Good to see Clooney's on the case

    by Grace_Panda

    It's no laughing matter when some bastard nicks all your Nazi art.

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Heslov fucking killed in Congo.

    by SebastianHaff

    Claude. Hm, that's an odd name for someone from Mombasa.

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Smartest Man In Hollywood

    by wormcheck

    by staying away from the bloodletting claws of marriage.

  • Like for example the stolen marbles from Parthenon which were stolen from UK and are housed in the British Museum now? You know Hitler and the Nazi are not the only evil bastards who have caused terrible things in this world but i guess their notoriety sells better.

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 5:16 p.m. CST

    This was done in the final episodes of Band of Brothers

    by Dhaemon

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Sorry Crow371

    by wormcheck

    You're sadly mistaken about Clooney being in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind; That was Brian Cox as the lead. You should actually try WATCHING the film before commenting on it Bub!

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 5:21 p.m. CST

    This Whole Brian Cox Thing Isn't Funny Anymore

    by Crow3711

    And that one didn't even make sense in the context of a meme that already makes no sense wormcheck. Way to completely fail. And Clooney directed it and was co-star. Cox jokes aren't funny.

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Oh shit is he going after the HELLFISH?

    by Mel

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 5:25 p.m. CST

    crow3711 = Brian Cox

    by Mel

    you cant hide, Brian.

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 5:32 p.m. CST

    How soon til Stacy Keibler is in one of his flicks?

    by cinematt

    Cause you know that in return for spreading her 42 inch legs for him on a nightly business, she's gonna want some acting work for her trouble. Hey, if Jessica Simpson can have a career in Hollywood, why not the wrestling chick?

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST

    *nightly basis

    by cinematt

    damn this talkback needs an edit function

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST

    It'd be great to be George Clooney for the day.

    by Sigourneys_Beaver

    He feels the same way about me i'm sure.

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Sorry Crow

    by wormcheck

    but what Brian Cox jokes are you referring to???? Noone on this site take Mr. Cox as seriously as I do.

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Ya ya, throw it in the trunk...

    by loafroaster

    ...I have to get to a Kraftwerk concert in Stuttgart...

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Any mentions of Gravity?

    by Tank Williams

    Dying to see a trailer.

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 6:29 p.m. CST

    The Brian Cox thing was forced from the fucking start

    by A G

    and was never funny to boot.

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 6:46 p.m. CST


    by torontoxic

    Nailed it. As long as butthurt jews run Hollywood we'll be force fed this crap. 6 million die and we hear nothing but their boring ass stories. 20 million Russians die and 80 million Chinese and we hear squat about them during WWII. <P> I guess that whole "We Will Never Forget" thing must have been truncated and the part about never stopping whining and bitching about it like spoiled toddlers fell off the fucking wall.

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 7:20 p.m. CST

    @supermarch well said.

    by KilliK

    it baffles me when i hear people who believe that in WW2 only 6m were killed and those were only Jews.They have no clue about how many more millions of people from other nations,both soldiers and civilians,were killed. i dont know if the reason for that is the lack of education or the brainwashing from Hollywood but it is a sad situation.

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Also done on Justified

    by Dr Gregory House

    Season 3 about to start. Me happy.

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 7:32 p.m. CST

    I want to smell Clooney's fingers.

    by BigTuna

  • Not to say that I haven't enjoyed his fringe efforts for the past few years, but you'd figure once in awhile a movie star (frankly, he's one of half-a-dozen maybe we have noadays) would like to, y'know be a movie star. Mainstream does not equal bad, folks.

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 9:05 p.m. CST


    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    no one is denying that other ethnic groups suffered horrendous loses during ww2, but no other ethnic group or race was targeted for extermination. no other program was specifically enacted to wipe out every member of of one race like it was against Jews. I am a Jew and I know damn well others suffered but fuck anyone and everyone who holds it against Jews because we decided we will never forget and never let the world forget what happened to us. if that means fuck you, then fuck you

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Stacy Keibler's 42 inch legs = DAMN YOU TO HELL, GEORGE CLOONEY!!!

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    That lucky sonafabitch.

  • Dumbass 'bagger.

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 9:39 p.m. CST

    Golftangofoxtrotoscar - Fail.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Thanks for playing anyway.

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Inglorious Eleven.....Ocean's Basterds....

    by RobertoInfinite

    Can't decide which title to go with...

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Supermarch and Killk....

    by archer1949

    What do your dumbass comments about how the poor misunderstood Nazis have been being picked by evil Jews have to do with fuck-all? This is about a special group of American soldiers who tracked down and preserved missing art that had been looted during the war. It is an interesting little footnote in WWII history that I have been interested in for awhile and had always thought would make a cool movie. Yes, there are other missing art stories that could be interesting cinematic fodder. But the scale of German looting combined with the backdrop of war and the Nazi's weird ideological hang-ups concerning art make it a bit more than an average art heist. There nothing but the most oblique connections to Death Camps or those nasty-wasty Jews you hate so much. So no worries there. On a related note, I recommend "The Train", a 1966 movie directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Burt Lancaster about the true-ish story of a German officer's plan to basically rob the Louvre and the Resistance's attempts to foil it. Good flick!

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 12:17 a.m. CST

    @archer1949 sorry i didnt bother to read your whole post.

    by KilliK

    Not when it gets pretty obvious from your ιrrelevant rantings,that you are incapable of understanding what your fellow speaker has written in his own post. Did i write anything about poor Nazis and evil Jews? if that's the impression that you get from my post,then go fuck yourself,there is nothing else to discuss,there is no point. over and out.

  • not exactly. homosexuals,disabled people and gypsies,Jehovah's Witness and communists were targeted for extermination as well. Greeks were also targeted for extermination during the TRIPLE Occupation of the country.Read about the Great Famine in Greece and learn why it is one of the darkest periods in the country's history and why it has one of the highest numbers of casualties per population during WW2.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 3:45 a.m. CST

    On a more serious note

    by Iowa Snot Client

    Has anyone seen the (new) Looney Tunes episode on the subject? The one where Granny was a hot redhead spy in WWII trying to stop the Nazi theft of French art? It was altogether unexpected and kind of amazing.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 7:54 a.m. CST

    This sounds awesome

    by syn_flood

    I'm sick of the bleached hues and portentous hymn-based soundtracks. We need a proper, fun World War 2 movie along the lines of Von Ryan's Express, or Kelly's Heroes. Big fan of Clooney, both as a star and a director. Can't wait!

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 8:39 a.m. CST


    by seagrass

    I just watched The Train again this weekend. Such a fantastic film, too... I could totally see this being a spiritual sequel to that.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 9:11 a.m. CST

    George Clooney is...Indiana Jones

    by The Duke Of Madness

    As long as he doesn't dodge a nuclear explosion in a refrigerator then I won't hate this.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 9:13 a.m. CST

    What I really want to know is....

    by v3d

    Did Clooney ever get another pig? He had is pet pig forever until it passed away. Probably the most loyal, honest creature he ever dealt with in Hollywood.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 9:15 a.m. CST

    I must get back to Dancecentrum in Struttgart in time to see Kraftwerk

    by SimpleSandwiches

    For you, Snyder.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 9:23 a.m. CST

    killik your wiki reading is strong

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    But gays and jehovahs and disabled aint a race or ethnic group. The Greeks were not targeted for genocide. The gypsies were and yeah i should have mentioned them too.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 10:24 a.m. CST

    This is an amazing story

    by bowiebot3000

    I watched the PBS documentary on this subject and the first thing that came to mind was, "god I hope someone makes this into a movie."

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Politics aside

    by bowiebot3000

    You sound like raging douchebag, gtfo.

  • The subject of Nazis appropriating the art of conquered countries, that is. It seems that a lot of countries nowadays have art that should not really belong to them.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Ocean's 14 with Marion Cotillard.

    by AnnoyYou

    Just skimmed through the list of the actual Monument Men, and all but four are middle-aged American military men in their late '30s/early-to-mid '40s. One American private was 18, one guy was a British man in the Canadian army (Cumberbatch's/Hiddleston's role?), one was a French art museum director (Jean Reno or the guy from The Artist?) and then there's Cotillard's role: a dowdy middle aged French woman who spied on the Nazis for 4 years, detailing a lot of the art they stole. I know they'll sex this up a lot by skewing younger and prettier (Cotillard/Cumberbatch/Hiddleston, probably Logan Lerman or maybe Efron as the teen soldier) which will be OK. Hope Clooney doesn't make it too yukky, though - it's a fairly serious subject. It is an action film, though, so I expect a lot of hair-raising scenes.

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 4:18 p.m. CST

    gtfo, did you use your big ol' brain for that retort?

    by bowiebot3000

    No, you're a douchebag

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 4:19 p.m. CST

    gtfo, did you use your big ol' brain for that retort?

    by bowiebot3000

    No, you're a douchebag

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 4:20 p.m. CST

    gtfo, did you use your big ol' brain for that retort?

    by bowiebot3000

    No, you're a douchebag

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Fuckin' Golftangofoxtrotoscar

    by Al Swearengen


  • Jan. 9, 2012, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Reminds me of a great movie with BURT LANCASTER...

    by DoctorWho?

    THE TRAIN.<p> After invading France, Hitler gives orders to load up all of the great French paintings and artworks onto a train to be transported to Germany. Burt Lancaster begs to differ.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 1:42 a.m. CST

    @hey_kobe_tell_me_how_my_ass_tastes my wiki readings?

    by KilliK silly kid. These things are well established historical facts for decades now. You know even before the birth of the Internet,there are these little things called history books and documentaries.Try and read a few of them,you will be surprised with the vast amount of knowledge that you will discover.But i guess it doesnt beat clicking some wiki links while watching youporn,huh? The Greeks were targeted for genocide.As i said read about the Great Famine in Greece and you will understand why.Or it wasnt a genocide because Wiki doesnt describe it as such? silly kid.i guess the same can be said the Native Americans.there was no genocide there either.ts.

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Yea don't rip-off The Train with Lancaster, Clooney!

    by chien_sale

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 5:45 p.m. CST

    @archer1949 @kilik @hey_kobe_tell_me_how_my_ass_tastes

    by torontoxic

    @archer1949 Are you brain damaged? <P> Somebody dares say that maybe start making movies about the staggering number of everyone other than jews that died during WWII (you know the ones that actually FOUGHT) and you pop your tampon? Go fuck yourself you delusional twat. Nobody is saying jews can't cry foul but it's all you hear. Every time you hear about WWII its about jews and the number increases each time. I swear in 10 years they'll be teaching kids WWII was there the jews fought the nazis and killed them all by themselves aftewr the nazis killed 100 million of them. <P> Give it up. It breeds quite reasonable resentment. When more than 10X the number of jews killed died in China and you hear nothing about it it resonates. Or when you read 20 million + Russians died FIGHTING the nazis it resonates. When you start noticing inflated figures on how many jews died it really resonates. Yes they were targeted. Start asking why and you come full circle to the issue of duplicity and dishonesty. <P> All this insistence on lying does is hurt. Making anything related to WWII about jews hurts jews. <P> The fact that this is about stolen art leads you to think its not another jewish movie? Who do you think all this art was supposedly stolen from? Its more of the same boring crap and its lies. <P> @kilik <P> Exactly. According to American high schools only Americans had slaves and they were all black and WWII was about Germans hating the jews because of how awesome they are. I worked with a jewish guy who wouldn't drive a German car because he said he was still angry. He wasn't even alive anywhere near WWII. People are fucking insane when it comes to this. Right down to shoving movies about it down people's throats over and over. The Irish were targeted for genocide. Africa has current attempts at genocide. The serbs, goes on and on. But if you dare think of them as being at the same level as the poor jews you're branded a hate monger. <P> @hey_kobe_tell_me_how_my_ass_tastes <P> Fuck me? Well I wish you'd been able to say that before the 1940's. I could have told my grandfathers to stay home and your relatives could have tried getting their own stupid asses out of the camps (I'm not American so my family was there from the start). So fuck you, moron. I understand you have a strong bias because of your ethnicity but if it supersedes your sense then you can go ahead and not forget all you want. Dwelling on this shit will only feed current anti semitism and if history repeats me and everyone else who gets the big fuck you won't help you.