Anton Corbijn’s next: ‘The American’ with George Clooney

Posted by · 11:07 am · September 28th, 2009

Anton CorbijnI was a huge fan of “Control” so this sounds like music to my ears.  The press release, in part:

Academy Award winner George Clooney stars in the title role of The American for director Anton Corbijn (Control). Focus Features holds worldwide rights to the suspense thriller, which begins production this week on location in Italy. Focus CEO James Schamus made the announcement today.

The screenplay by Rowan Joffe is adapted from Martin Booth’s novel A Very Private Gentleman, published in 2005. The film’s producers are This is that’s Anne Carey, who most recently produced Adventureland and The Savages; Smokehouse’s Grant Heslov, an Academy Award nominee as producer and co-writer of Good Night, and Good Luck, and producer/director of this fall’s The Men Who Stare at Goats; Smokehouse’s Mr. Clooney; Ann Wingate, who most recently produced Into the Storm, starring Emmy Award winner Brendan Gleeson; and Jill Green, executive producer of the long-running U.K. television series Foyle’s War. Enzo Sisti, co-producer of the upcoming When in Rome, is executive producer of The American.

Alone among assassins, Jack (played by Mr. Clooney) is a master craftsman. When a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, he vows to his contact Larry (Bruce Altman of this fall’s Peter and Vandy) that his next assignment will be his last. Jack reports to the Italian countryside, where he holes up in a small town and relishes being away from death for a spell. The assignment, as specified by a Belgian woman, Mathilde (Thekla Reuten of Focus’ award-winning In Bruges), is in the offing as a weapon is constructed. Surprising himself, Jack seeks out the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto (Italian screen and stage veteran Paolo Bonacelli) and pursues romance with local woman Clara (Italian leading lady Violante Placido). But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate.

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  • 1 9-28-2009 at 11:36 am

    AmericanRequiem said...

    ok so looking to your predicted top 10 best picture nominees things are really strting to fall in to place it would seem. Im waiting for Amelia and Invictus to fall off the map, maybe Tree Of Life and wild things will fill those spots, and if a single man or the road explode maybe well see the hurt locker juust kinda vanish, but it an exciting year any how

  • 2 9-28-2009 at 11:38 am

    AmericanRequiem said...

    oop wait, i dont think we can rule out inglorious basterds yet either, if Nine fails look to the weinsteins to push inglorious, lets be honest, nine, a single man, the road or inglorious will get nominated, its the weinsteins, and they look to actually have good movies this year

  • 3 9-28-2009 at 11:49 am

    The Other James D. said...

    ^Wrong article?

    I’m intrigued by this project. (I also need to see Control pretty soon, which I was excited for two years ago. Curse my sloth.) Reuten was great in her minor role in IB, so I’m doubly excited.

  • 4 9-28-2009 at 12:00 pm

    Loyal said...

    As much as I love assassin films, I think there’s little left to bring to the subgenre. In Bruges pretty much said it all.

  • 5 9-28-2009 at 1:02 pm

    Brian said...

    Any assassin movie that says “last job” loses me. But my Corbijn, Clooney and eclectic international cast love has me hoping for more.

  • 6 9-28-2009 at 1:24 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Sorry to go off topic, but I just saw the best movie of the year: “Bright Star.”

    I know you’re not a fan of the film Kris, and to be honesty I can’t understand why (we obviously watched a different film), but I think you’re totally underestimating this flick in Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, and Cinematography at the least. So far it is the most visually beautiful movie I have seen this year, and if ANY woman director deserves to be nominated it’s Campion. Enough of Bigelow and her overrated film.

    Much better than “The Piano” and simply one of the most moving, romantic films I’ve seen in ages. And I’m a guy, in case people still believe only women will respond to this. My audience loved it too.

  • 7 9-28-2009 at 2:23 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    So you actually felt something then? Yeah, we saw different films.

  • 8 9-28-2009 at 2:35 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Hahaha. We sure did. I found it impossible not to feel something when Fanny heard the news of Keats and fell down onto the floor, gasping for breath through her tears. One of the most realistic and wrenching crying scenes I think I’ve seen.

  • 9 9-28-2009 at 2:43 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    ….I disagree. But hey, glad you liked it!

  • 10 9-28-2009 at 9:32 pm

    BurmaShave said...

    ‘ Much better than “The Piano” ‘ Sight unseen and with all benefits of the doubt I don’t think there’s any chance this is true.

  • 11 9-28-2009 at 9:37 pm

    BurmaShave said...

    Also the movie at hand sounds sick. Clooney’s roll continues.