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Cahn To Pen Coronado High For George Clooney And Columbia

15 July 2014 10:35 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The name Debora Cahn is not one that enjoys instant recognition among audiences, but she has been working steadily and with impressive results since her days as an award-winning writer on The West Wing. Eventually rising to the ranks of producer on that show, she went on to replicate the same success on Grey’s Anatomy. With a feature script having ranked highly on the 2013 Black List (The Special Program), her work has drawn attention from notable places – including Smokehouse Productions and Columbia Pictures, who have recruited her to write Coronado High.

Based on an article by Joshua Bearman, the story will focus on a laid-back teacher in Coronado, California in 1969, who collaborated with some local high school students to smuggle pot from Mexico, using swimming and paddle surfboards. From this supposedly simple idea rose a sizable 1970s criminal empire, which was ultimately taken down by the Drug Enforcement Agency. »

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George Clooney teaming up with Grey’s Anatomy writer for drug smuggling film Coronado High

15 July 2014 1:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

According to THR, George Clooney has set his sights on his next project, a drug smuggling film called Coronado High.

Clooney will produce the film along with Grant Heslov (The Monuments Men) and David Klawans (Argo). Grey’s Anatomy and The West Wing writer Debora Cahn will pen the screenplay, which is an adaptation of a Atavist article by Joshua Bearman. The piece told of a hippie teacher who teamed up with high school students in the beach town of Coronado, California in 1969 to smuggle pot from Mexico to the Us by swimming and paddling surfboards. They successfully created a criminal empire that stretched into the 1970s, before being taken down by the DEA.

This isn’t the first of Bearman’s articles to get the Hollywood treatment. He wrote a story for Wired that became the basis for Ben Affleck’s Academy Award winning film Argo. Cahn, on the other hand, »

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George Clooney's 'Coronado High' Brings on 'Grey's Anatomy' Writer

14 July 2014 8:41 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Debora Cahn, a longtime writer and producer on ABC's Grey's Anatomy, has signed on to pen the screenplay for George Clooney's Coronado High.

Based on an Atavist article by Joshuah Bearman, the plot tells the true story of a hippie teacher and his students in the sleepy town of Coronado, California, who, in 1969, came up with the idea of smuggling marijuana in from Mexico by swimming and paddling surfboards. The notion turned into a criminal empire, which was eventually taken down by the DEA in the 1970s.

George Clooney is producing alongside his Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov and David Klawans. Joshuah Bearman wrote the Wired Magazine article that eventually became Best Picture winner Argo, which both George Clooney and Grant Heslov produced.

Debora Cahn got her start on the writing staff of The West Wing before moving on to Grey's Anatomy. She also landed on The Blacklist last »

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'Grey's Anatomy' Writer Tapped to Adapt Drug Smuggling Movie for George Clooney (Exclusive)

14 July 2014 12:04 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Debora Cahn, who was a longtime writer/consulting producer on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, has been tapped to pen Coronado High for Columbia Pictures. George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing via their Smokehouse banner, as is David Klawans. List Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films  Coronado High is based on an article by Joshua Bearman, the same journalist whose article for Wired became the basis for the Oscar-winning movie Argo (which Clooney and Heslov produced with Ben Affleck). Bearman's Coronado piece, first published on the Atavist, told of how starting in 1969, a hippie teacher in the sleepy naval beach town of

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