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George Clooney will earn his stripes with the Warner Bros. family. The actor-director-producer has signed on to two high-profile projects with Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Independent Pictures.

First, Clooney is set to star in and produce White Jazz, an adaptation of a James Ellroy novel, for WIP. He then will reteam with his Ocean's Eleven producer Jerry Weintraub to direct the heist movie Belmont Boys for Warners.

Jazz, which Clooney will produce with his Smokehouse producing partner Grant Heslov, will be directed by Joe Carnahan from a script by his brother Matthew Carnahan (The Kingdom). Jazz is the last volume of what is known as Ellroy's L.A. quartet of crime novels, which includes L.A. Confidential, The Big Nowhere and The Black Dahlia.

In Jazz, Clooney will star as a corrupt police lieutenant assigned to a potentially explosive case for the Los Angeles Police Department during a time when the department is under investigation for corruption.

Patrick Cheh, Diane Nabatoff, Clark Peterson and Michelle Grace will produce the project.

Jazz is a Cherry Road co-production, with the company financing the development of the project.


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