George Clooney to Direct The Monuments Men

Written by Nick Workman January 09, 2012

Clooney to direct WW II film

George Clooney has picked his next project, an adaptation of Robert Edsel’s novel The Monuments of Men. Clooney will direct and co-star in the film while also producing the film with Grant Helsov for Sony Pictures. The book is described as follows:

At the same time Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. The Fuehrer had begun cataloguing the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy: “degenerate” works he despised.

In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Momuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture. 

Focusing on the eleven-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, this fascinating account follows six Monuments Men and their impossible mission to save the world’s great art from the Nazis.

Clooney and Heslov had previously teamed up on The Ides of March.

Source: 24 Frames

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Nick Workman: Co-host of Nerd Alert, editor of news, writer of reviews, and lover of all that involves imagination. If he is not on his computer working on We Eat Films or Nerd Alert, you can probably find him in a big comfy chair, sipping a cup of coffee, with his nose deep in a book.

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