6 June 2012 6:45 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

While it didn’t set the box office ablaze — or make many top ten lists, for that matter — yours truly considers The Ides of March another well-crafted, engaging step in George Clooney‘s burgeoning directorial career. (Coming off Leatherheads, it’s also an important reassurance that he has skill in the first place.) Considering his typical pattern, I figured the interested parties would have to wait, give or take, two years before hearing of another trip behind the camera — not that he shouldn’t act in the meantime! — which makes this next news all the more welcome.

Deadline reports that the actor’s Smokehouse Pictures (co-run by Grant Heslov) and Focus Features will join and adapt The Yankee Comandante, a lengthy, David Grann-penned article that landed in The New Yorker a few weeks back. With Clooney being of the political sort, it’s material that sounds right up the megastar »

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