Clooney Grooves to 'White Jazz'

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Oscar winner and two-time Sexiest Man Alive George Clooney is already filling his 2008 calendar with a pair of Warner Bros. dramas, including an adaptation of "White Jazz."

Clooney will produce "White Jazz" along with his Smokehouse partner Grant Heslov. The long gestating version of James Ellroy's novel has been written by Matthew Carnahan and will be directed by Joe Carnahan ("Narc").

The project is set up at Warner Independent and will feature Clooney as a corrupt police lieutenant digging into the even dirtier world of Los Angeles, circa 1958. You dig? The novel is the last volume in Ellroy's L.A. Quartet, which also includes "L.A. Confidential," "The Black Dahlia" and "The Big Nowhere."

Clooney will follow "White Jazz" with "Belmont Boys," a heist drama that the "Good Night, and Good Luck" multi-hyphenate will direct from a script by Brian Koppelman and David Levien ("Ocean's Thirteen"). Jerry Weintraub (also "Ocean's Thirteen") will produce the flick, which follows seven criminals who reunite to finish a job they started 20 years earlier.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Clooney is already recruiting an assortment of well-known older stars to topline the film.

Both Warner Bros. films will have to wait for Clooney to complete his already busy 2007. He's expected to direct, produce and co-star in the period football film "Leatherheads" for Universal. "Leatherheads" is set for a spring 2007 star, followed immediately by "Burn After Reading," a reunion with the Coen Brothers.

That leaves "Jazz" for early 2008, followed by "Boys" at the end of the year.

As always, George Clooney's schedule is subject to change.

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