Your mother was right: You should read more. Why? Because you might learn something and find the next great movie idea.
Someone over at Focus Features took Mom's advice, as the studio in the midst of negotiating a rights deal for David Grann's lengthy article entitled "The Yankee Comandante" from the May 28 issue of The New Yorker. (Yeah, that magazine you subscribe to with the really great cartoons.)
Oh, and George Clooney's attached to direct. In other words, this is kind of a big deal.
So, what was that article you didn't have time to get to just yet actually about? It follows William Alexander Morgan, an American who helped Castro and the Cuban rebels overthrow Fulgencio Batista and climbed the ranks to the status of Comandante -- an honor given only to him and one other, the Argentinian Che Guevara (who's already inspired his share of movies).
Shortly after receiving this title, however, Morgan's fortunes took a turn for the worse. As Deadline recounts, his elusive nature and questionable motives finally caught up with him, as he was later imprisoned and faced a firing squad on charges of working for U.S. intelligence. And while the Cubans were trying to sort out just who this man was, so was J. Edgar Hoover of the FBI.
Basically, Morgan was in a heap o' trouble.
No word yet on how the movie handles the final outcome -- and we wouldn't want to spoil it for you. But rest assured, this is the stuff that blockbusters are made of.
Though we don't know who might play the mysterious Morgan, if the powers-that-be nail down Clooney (even just behind the camera), they're well on their way to a cinematic political powerhouse. Which seems right up that Yankee's alley.