Turning war into art is no easy task, but if there's anyone who can do it, it's George Clooney. After all, Clooney has made a name for himself doing films that both entertain and deliver a strong social message, such as "Good Night and Good Luck" and "Ides of March."
And that makes his latest project seem all the more perfect for him, as indieWire is reporting that Clooney will be adapting "Monuments Men," the true story of a group of Allied soldiers tasked with saving the world's artistic legacy from Nazis during World War II.
Seriously, does that sound like the ultimate George Clooney movie or what?
Based on the book "Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, And the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History" by author Robert M. Edsel, "Monuments Men" tells the story of a group of American and British art experts hand picked by the Allies to track down and recover the thousands of priceless works of art stolen by the Nazis during World War II.
"I'm excited about it," Clooney said during an interview at the Palm Springs Film Festival. "It's a fun move because it could be big entertainment. It's a big budget, you can’t do it small -- it's landing in Normandy ... I’m not opposed to doing a commercial film, I'm just opposed to doing a commercial film that doesn't feel organic to me. So if we're going to do a commercial film we thought, 'Let's do something that seems fun and actually have something to say.'"
And Clooney will have plenty to say about "Monuments Men," as he is set to not just star in it, but also write and direct it. Which means that, considering his impressive track record, "Monuments Men" may just be the first recorded instance of art imitating art.
Leave it to Clooney.
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