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In the Works: Clooney, Greengrass & Terrio Onboard for NY Crime Syndicate Drama

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 29, 2012 at 12:45PM

Producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov and screenwriter Chris Terrio are reteaming after their success with Ben Affleck's "Argo" on a currently untitled crime movie. Clooney is attached to star, and Paul Greengrass to direct and produce. Details of the film's plot are still a secret, but it reportedly is an original story centered in the New York crime syndicate world. The project is in development at Sony, where Clooney's Smoke House production banner has first look.
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Producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov and screenwriter Chris Terrio are reteaming after their success with Ben Affleck's "Argo" on a currently untitled crime movie. Clooney is attached to star, and Paul Greengrass to direct and produce.

Details of the film's plot are still a secret, but it reportedly is an original story centered in the New York crime syndicate world. The project is in development at Sony, where Clooney's Smoke House production banner has first look.

Terrio is on a roll, with a first draft of an American remake of "Tell No One" in the works for Warner Bros., and "A Murder Foretold" in the pipeline for Paramount, with producers Mark Roybal and Steve Zaillian. He's had three scripts on the Black List, including "Argo."

Meanwhile Clooney will next be seen in Alfonso Cuaron's much-anticipated, mysterious "Gravity" opposite Sandra Bullock, and is in talks to headline Brad Bird's next foray into live-action, Disney's alien-invasion film "1952." He's also directing himself in World War II thriller "Monuments Men," co-starring Daniel Craig, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray and Jean Dujardin, about the rush to save precious art from Hitler.

Greengrass, best known for the second and third "Bourne" films starring Matt Damon, recently finished production on "Captain Phillips," starring Tom Hanks.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.