George Clooney Monkeys Around with 'Goats'

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George Clooney will star in an adaptation of Jon Ronson's "Men Who Stare at Goats."

According to Variety, the project will be directed by Clooney's Smoke House and writing partner Grant Heslov.

Ronson, a British journalist, published his allegedly non-fiction book in 2006 focusing on the United States military's explorations into using people with paranormal powers as weapons in war. The title refers to one experiment in which psychics were asked to kill goats merely by staring at them.

The book has been adapted by Peter Straughan ("How to Lose Friends and Alienate People") and has, according to the trade paper, been bouncing around the industry for some time.

It's unclear how a narrative has been built out of Ronson's anecdotal book, or what role Clooney will play. Financing for the film is currently underway.

Clooney most recently directed and starred in "Leatherheads," which was a spring box office disappointment. He picked up an Oscar nomination for last fall's "Michael Clayton." He'll next be seen in the fall release "Burn After Reading."

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