George Clooney Finds Pioneer

He's producing a thriller adaptation


Not every film he produces can deliver the way Argo did. So George Clooney is always on the lookout for new material that interests him and could provide fodder for Smokehouse Productions, the company he runs with Grant Heslov. Sony thinks it has something they’d want to be involved with, picking up the remake rights to Norwegian thriller Pioneer.

The original is a conspiracy thriller set in the early 1980s during Norway’s oil boom. It focuses on a man who, along with his brother, is laying pipeline in the North Sea, diving deeper than anyone else has before.

When a tragic accident strikes, he digs deeper into what happened, soon realising that there’s a bigger plan afoot, he’s in way over his head and that his life is in serious danger. Erik Skjoldbjaerg directed that film which starred Headhunters' Aksel Hennie, Wes Bentley and Avatar’s Stephen Lang.

Though he sometimes picks up the megaphone for movies he produces, Clooney is not attached to direct right now. Even if he does sign on for that, he may end up, like Argo, handing it off to someone else. The next step for the project is to lock in a writer.

Clooney’s latest, The Monuments Men, launched in the US last week with $22 million and is out on Friday. You can see the man himself (who co-wrote, directed and starred) and some of his cast talking about it right here.