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Everybody know George Clooney is a motherf*ckin' Monster (of Florence)

Jan. 5, 2011by:
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THE MONSTER OF FLORENCE is a project that's been kicking around for a few years. Tom Cruise originally acquired the rights of the book the film would be based on shortly after it was published in 2008 for United Artists, intending to produce and possibly star. That never did pan out, though the actor did bring on his VALKYRIE writing chum Christopher McQuarrie to pen the script and also produce. Project's been in turnaround since due to MGM's then occurring restructuring fiasco.

THR today, however, is reporting that Fox 2000 has now picked up the rights to the Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi best-selling book, with McQuarrie still on tap to write along with Nathan Alexander, and that actor George Clooney is now attached to star. Here's THR with more:

"Preston and Spezi's book is an investigation into the murderer (or murderers) known as Il Mostro, who killed more than a dozen people from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s without being caught. In the course of their digging, Preston, who had moved with his family to a villa in Florence, and Spezi, an Italian crime journalist, were themselves then investigated by the police."

In their own report, Deadline is saying that Clooney will be playing the part of author Douglas Preston himself.

Now who could potentially direct the adaptation? Clooney might be too busy this year, prepping to direct and star in THE IDES OF MARCH as well as appearing in Alfonso Cuaron's sci-fi space flick GRAVITY. But what about buddy Steven Soderbergh? Or Grant Heslov (THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS) who's also now a producer on this? Or maybe SYRIANA's Stephen Gaghan?
Extra Tidbit: Certain elements of Preston and Spezi's true story were used by author Thomas Harris in the book Hannibal.
Source: THRDeadline

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7:08PM on 01/05/2011

Mad street cred...

for quoting Kanye West's song, Monster, Mr.Merchan. Good shit.
for quoting Kanye West's song, Monster, Mr.Merchan. Good shit.
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6:27PM on 01/05/2011
This sounds like another winner for Clooney. He always picks the most interesting movies that are not big blockbusters (i.e. Leatherheads, Michael Clayton).
This sounds like another winner for Clooney. He always picks the most interesting movies that are not big blockbusters (i.e. Leatherheads, Michael Clayton).
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3:33PM on 01/05/2011
Didn't you get the memo? Soderbergh is quitting his day job.
Didn't you get the memo? Soderbergh is quitting his day job.
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10:39AM on 01/05/2011
I'm gonna be all over this. Has the appeal of excellent written all over it.
I'm gonna be all over this. Has the appeal of excellent written all over it.
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10:18AM on 01/05/2011

Good book!

It's an interesting piece of true crime, for sure. It would be typecasting, but Giancarlo Giannini is the obvious choice for Mario Spezi.
It's an interesting piece of true crime, for sure. It would be typecasting, but Giancarlo Giannini is the obvious choice for Mario Spezi.
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10:15AM on 01/05/2011
This has my interest, the synopsis kinda brings to mind Fincher's Zodiac.
This has my interest, the synopsis kinda brings to mind Fincher's Zodiac.
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