George Clooney and Grant Heslov are looking to write "Escape From Tehran," a dark comedy set up at Warner Bros.
"Tehran" is just the latest in an ever-growing string of features set up at Warner Bros. for Clooney and Heslov's Smoke House shingle. Variety is quick to note that all Smoke House projects are potential directing or starring vehicles for Clooney, not that any of them necessarily need to be.
It was just last week, in fact, that Warner Bros. grabbed feature remake rights to the documentary "Our Brand Is Crisis" for Clooney and Smoke House. An idle Clooney must be a dangerous thing.
"Escape From Tehran" would be based on Joshuah Berman's Wired magazine article about a CIA plan to rescue Americans from Tehran in 1979 under the cover of a Hollywood movie.
This would be Clooney and Heslov's first writing collaboration since their Oscar nominated "Good Night, and Good Luck" script.
Clooney is currently directing and co-starring in "Leatherheads," a football dramedy Smoke House is producing for Universal. Other projects on the company's slate include the Coen Brothers' "Burn After Reading," the James Ellroy adaptation "White Jazz" and John Grisham's "The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town."