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Knox Case Tweaks Clooney's "Monster"

18 October 2011 12:35 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

After the New York Film Festival premiere of “The Descendants” on Sunday night, George Clooney spoke with The Playlist about his future projects.

Clooney says he's no longer part of the heist film “Belmont Boys” and has opted not to direct the narrative film adaptation of the 2005 doco "Our Brand Is Crisis".

One film he did speak at length about though was his adaptation of Douglas Preston’s true-crime book "The Monster of Florence".

The book follows Preston who moved to Italy in 2000 and learned that an olive grove on his family's new property had been the scene of a brutal murder. Teaming with Italian journalist Mario Spezi, Preston began investigating the crime which was part of a series of eight double homicides between 1968-1985.

The pair became embroiled in a web of intrigue that grew all the more sinister when they themselves were implicated by the authorities for the slayings. »

- Garth Franklin

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Morris Unleashes A "Demon in the Freezer"

12 July 2011 1:51 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Academy Award-winning filmmaker and documentarian Errol Morris tells The Playlist that he's planning an adaptation of Richard Preston’s non-fiction work "The Demon in the Freezer".

Preston’s 2002 book explores the U.S. government’s relationship with the biological weapons anthrax and smallpox, focusing on both the “Smallpox Eradication Program” in the ‘60s and ‘70s and the threat of anthrax circa 9/11. Much like 'Hot Zone' or films like "Traffic", the text follows several different storylines in different countries and times.

Preston authored 1994's "The Hot Zone" which was a hot property that Hollywood tried to adapt in the mid-90's until rival project "Outbreak" opened and beat it to the punch. Preston also penned 2007's "The Wild Trees", while his brother Douglas Preston is the best-selling co-author of the Pendergast book series along with Lincoln Child.

Morris is best known for his documentaries like "The Fog of War," "The Thin Blue Line, »

- Garth Franklin

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[Casting] - George Clooney to Star in "The Monster Of Florence"

9 January 2011 9:49 AM, PST | www.ohmygore.com/ | See recent OhMyGore news »

George Clooney is now attached to "The Monster Of Florence", which has been picked up by Fox 2000, reports Deadline. The film is being scripted by Christopher McQuarrie ("The Usual Suspects", "The Way Of The Gun") and his friend, Nathan Alexander, with whom he previously teamed for Valkyrie. Based on the besteller by by Douglas Preston (with Italian journalist Mario Spezi), "The Monster Of Florence" would star Clooney as the author who, along with Spezi, tried to bring up evidence against who they felt was responsible for a string of serial murders in Florence that began in the late 1960's. »

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George Clooney Heads Back To Italy In Search of The Monster Of Florence

5 January 2011 5:20 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Fox 2000 have acquired the rights to The Monster of Florence, a crime novel written by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi about their real life investigation into the unsolved case of a killer or killers (known as Il Mostro) who murdered 7 couples/14 people between 1974 and 1985. According to THR, George Clooney is attached to produce and star as Preston, an American who teamed with Spezi, a local crime author, to solve the case.

Tom Cruise was interested in bringing the novel to the big screen a couple of years back and hired his Valkyrie screenwriters Christopher McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander to work on the script, but the Cruiser seemingly lost interest and the script then found its way to Clooney, who recently filmed The American in Italy (and has a home there) and his producing partner Grant Heslov.

No director is attached at this time but Heslov, whose last film The Men Who Stare at Goats »

- Neil Upton

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George Clooney in The Monster of Florence

5 January 2011 2:28 PM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

George Clooney, quite busy guy indeed.

So, ladies and gentlemen, check this out: Clooney is now attached to star in Fox 2000’s adaptation of The Monster of Florence, the best-selling book by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi.

And if that sounds familiar to you, let us remind you that once upon a time (actually it was 2008) Tom Cruise acquired the rights to the same novel, and even recruited his Valkyrie screenwriter Chris McQuarrie to write and co-produce a big screen adaptation of the book.

Sound’s like some interesting story…

Here’s The Monster of Florence synopsis part:

“In 2000, Douglas Preston fulfilled a dream to move his family to Italy. Then he discovered that the olive grove in front of their 14th century farmhouse had been the scene of the most infamous double-murders in Italian history, committed by a serial killer known as the Monster of Florence.

Preston, intrigued, meets »

- Fiona

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Clooney looks to 'Florence'

5 January 2011 1:32 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

George Clooney will produce and possibly star in the serial-killer thriller "The Monster of Florence" for Fox 2000.According to Variety, Bruce Cohen, Dan Jinks and Clooney's Smoke House partner Grant Heslov are producing.The project was picked up in turnaround from MGM, which optioned the book by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi as a starring vehicle in 2008 for Tom Cruise when he was running United Artists. "Florence" details eight double homicides believed to have been committed by one man between 1968 and 1985 in Florence. Christopher McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander will adapt the screenplay.Clooney will be seen in Fox Searchlight's upcoming comedy "The Descendants" and will direct and star in "The Ides of March," an adaptation of the Broadway play »

- Adnan Tezer

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George Clooney to Confront The Monster of Florence

5 January 2011 12:30 PM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

George Clooney is currently in competition with James Franco for the prize of hardest working actor in Hollywood.

His role in Alexander Payne’s next featureAlexander Payne(he was one of the director’s original choices for Sideways) is now complete and the film is in post-production, he’s prepping his forth directorial effort The Ides of March (formally Farragut North) and he was recently announced as the lead in Alfonso Cuaron’s long-in-development sci-fi thriller Gravity. There’s also whispers of him re-teaming with old buddy Steven Soderbergh for a big screen version of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Now Deadline are reporting that Fox 2000 are turning crime book The Monster of Florence into a star vehicle for the actor, which he’ll also produce under his Smokehouse banner with partner Grant Heslov and one of the film’s scriptwriters, Christopher McQuarrie.

Clooney will play Douglas Preston, »

- Adam Lowes

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George Clooney stalks 'Monster of Florence'

5 January 2011 11:21 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

George Clooney is attached to Fox 2000′s planned adaptation of The Monster of Florence, Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi’s best-selling book about a serial killer who terrorized the Italian city for two decades. Variety initially reported the story, and a source close to the project confirms that Clooney will star in a script to be written by Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) and Nathan Alexander (Valkyrie).

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- Jeff Labrecque

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George Clooney to Investigate ‘The Monster of Florence’

5 January 2011 10:34 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

It’s certainly shaping up to be a good week for monsters. “Monsters” director Gareth Edwards is directing the new “Godzilla,” and now George Clooney is attached to “The Monster of Florence.”

“Florence” is based on the best-selling 2008 book by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi, a true-crime account of Il Mostro, a serial killer (or killers) that murdered over a dozen people from the late ’60s through the mid-’80s. Preston himself ended up being investigated by the police when he was doing research for the book, according to The Hollywood Reporter. 

The book was initially optioned by Tom Cruise, who commissioned his “Valkyrie” screenwriters Christopher McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander to pen the script. The project went into turnaround with the whole MGM financial debacle and is now in Clooney’s lap.

The earliest “The Monster of Florence” could begin shooting is sometime in the fall, as the ever-busy Clooney »

- Bryan Enk

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Development Watch: Arterton for Gretel, Jolie's Cleopatra Director, Clooney's Monster of Florence

5 January 2011 10:29 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

- Jeremy Renner's Hansel has found his Gretel. Gemma Arterton will star alongside the rising Hurt Locker and Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol star in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, which sets the fairy tale duo fifteen years later, chasing witches. Despite having suffered three less-than-stellar films in 2010 (Tamara Drewe, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Clash of the Titans), Brit Gemma Arterton beat out Diane Kruger, Eva Green and Noomi Rapace to fill these fairy tale shoes. Director Tommy Wirkola wants to shoot in Berlin starting March 7. Let's hope this fairy tale update rises above the pack. - Fox 2000 is bringing to life The Monster of Florence, based on the book by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi, with George Clooney starring »

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George Clooney To Go Serial-Killer Hunting In 'The Monster Of Florence'

5 January 2011 9:35 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

As if George Clooney weren't already one of the busiest men in Hollywood, he's adding another film to his growing to-do list.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox 2000 has acquired the rights to Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi's best-selling book "The Monster of Florence," with Clooney attached to star. "Valkyrie" co-writers Chris McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander are writing the screenplay.

The story is about an investigation into the murderer (or murderers) known as Il Mostro, who killed more than a dozen people between the late 1960s and mid 1980s without being caught. While digging for facts for their book, writers Preston and Spezi were both investigated by the police in connection to the murders. Presumably, Clooney would play one of them.

Tom Cruise had originally optioned the rights to the project for United Artists as his own star vehicle, but the project went into a turnaround after UA had some problems during MGMs restructuring. »

- Terri Schwartz

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George Clooney to star in serial killer film

5 January 2011 9:10 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Clooney to feature in film about series of killings in Italy attributed to the so-called monster of Florence, reports say

George Clooney looks set to star in a film based on a book about a series of killings in Italy attributed to a serial killer known as the "monster of Florence", according to the Hollywood Reporter. Studio Fox 2000 has picked up the screen rights to Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi's bestselling book about a murderer who may have killed more than a dozen people in the late 60s to the 80s.

The "monster" was said to locate couples in public places and murder them, often with a .22 Beretta gun. The killer or killers would sometimes cut out the woman's pubic area with a knife. It is not yet known which role Clooney might play, but the screenplay is being written by Valkyrie's Christopher McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander.

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- Ben Child

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George Clooney Is A Florentine "Monster"

5 January 2011 9:02 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

George Clooney is attached to star while Fox 2000 have acquired the film rights to serial-killer thriller "The Monster of Florence" reports Variety.

Based on the novel by Douglas Preston ("The Cabinet of Curiosities," "The Relic") and Mario Spezi, the story is a reconstruction of eight grisly double homicides believed to have been committed single-handedly between 1968 and 1985 in and around the Italian city.

"Valkyrie" co-writers Chris McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander are penning the script while Clooney, Grant Heslov, Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen are producing.

Tom Cruise was attached to produce and possibly star in the project at United Artists back in 2008. »

- Garth Franklin

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George Clooney on the Hunt For The Monster of Florence

5 January 2011 8:35 AM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

It's no secret that George Clooney loves Italy, his home away from home, and now he's even taking his big-screen work there. The A-lister is set to star in an adaptation of The Monster of Florence, the bestselling nonfiction crime book by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi. Clooney will play Preston, a thriller writer who moved to Florence with his family. Together with Spezi, an Italian crime journalist, the duo worked to crack a 30-year-old serial murder case. But along the way, the men got in big trouble for sniffing around. Juicy stuff. Looks like I'll be adding yet another book to my expanding reading list! »

- Lauren Bradshaw

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George Clooney to become Monster of Florence

5 January 2011 8:29 AM, PST | Bloginity | See recent Bloginity news »

George Clooney has signed up to star in 'The Monster of Florence'. The 'American' actor will take the starring role in the film, about a man who writes a book concerning the truth about a series of 30-year-old murders which took place outside the Italian city of Florence between 1974 and 1985. Douglas Preston wrote the book about his own move to Italy with Italian reporter Mario Spezi, chronicling the trouble caused when they begin asking questions. Christopher McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander will script the project, while Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen will produce it. 'The Monster of Florence' will see Clooney - who spends the majority of his free time in Italy - film a project in the Mediterranean for the second time following his work on 'The American'. His future projects include directing and starring in 'The Ides of March' as well as a minor role, originally intended for Robert Downey Jr., »

- Jeanie Hamil

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Clooney To Bring Monster Of Florence To The Big Screen

5 January 2011 8:16 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

George Clooney has signed up to bring the story of notorious Italian serial killer the Monster of Florence to the big screen.

The actor will play Douglas Preston, the author of the best-selling non-fiction book of the same name, who moved to Italy and set out to solve the famous case, which centred on a number of couples brutally killed in and around Florence between 1968 and 1985.

Oscar-winning The Usual Suspects screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie has been hired to write the script, along with Valkyrie writer Nathan Alexander, according to Deadline.com. »

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Movie News Quick Hits: A 'Step Brothers' Rap Album; 'The Home' Finds Distribution

5 January 2011 8:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Movie News, Cinematical

Dimension Films has acquired distribution rights to 'The Home,' an old folks' home-set horror movie starring Ed Asner, Louis Gossett Jr., Louise Fletcher and Cloris Leachman. Pre-production began this week on the Kristoffer Aaron Morgan-directed film, which will go in front of cameras next month in Austin, TX. Pictured above is a piece of Weta-designed concept art for the film.

After directorship passing back and forth between the two, it looks like the big screen adaptation of sci-fi novel 'Cloud Atlas' will be directed by Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis. That's according to Natalie Portman, at least, who will have some kind of role in the film since she's the one who first introduced all of the parties to David Mitchell's novel.

Sam Rockwell has committed to an undisclosed role in 'Cogan's Trade' alongside Brad Pitt, which »

- Peter Hall

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Movie News Quick Hits: A 'Step Brothers' Rap Album; 'The Home' Finds Distribution

5 January 2011 8:00 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Movie News, Cinematical

Dimension Films has acquired distribution rights to 'The Home,' an old folks' home-set horror movie starring Ed Asner, Louis Gossett Jr., Louise Fletcher and Cloris Leachman. Pre-production began this week on the Kristoffer Aaron Morgan-directed film, which will go in front of cameras next month in Austin, TX. Pictured above is a piece of Weta-designed concept art for the film.

After directorship passing back and forth between the two, it looks like the big screen adaptation of sci-fi novel 'Cloud Atlas' will be directed by Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis. That's according to Natalie Portman, at least, who will have some kind of role in the film since she's the one who first introduced all of the parties to David Mitchell's novel.

Sam Rockwell has committed to an undisclosed role in 'Cogan's Trade' alongside Brad Pitt, which »

- Peter Hall

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George Clooney to Pursue The Monster of Florence

5 January 2011 7:55 AM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Now this is a George Clooney flick I can get behind: the true story of how an American thriller writer moved to Italy, teamed up with a fellow Italian writer, and together, solved a 30-year old serial murder case that claimed the lives of six couples between 1974 and 1985 who were just trying to get a little somethin’ somethin’. The killer was essentially Italy’s version of Jack The Ripper, or the Zodiac Killer, and he was never caught. That’s just one of the book’s intriguing plots — the other is how the Italian authorities really, really didn’t want authors Douglas Preston and his colleague Mario Spezi to get involved, and did everything they could to stop them. More about the book from Amazon: When author Douglas Preston moved his family to Florence he never expected he would soon become obsessed and entwined in a horrific crime story whose »

- Nix

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Clooney’S A Monster

5 January 2011 7:29 AM, PST | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

An amateur would be detective with an obsession about a bunch of unsolved murders in Italy is on the cards for George Clooney, who will play Douglas Preston. Preston is a writer who teams up with Mario Spezi (an Italian crime reporter) and they thunder off trying to solve a number of murders which saw 7 couples meet their maker between 1974 and 1985. Couple this with non welcome authorities and a spell in jail, The Monster Of Florence could well have us on the edge of our seats!

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- vicbarry@gmail.com (Vic Barry)

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