9 March 2020
By Göran R Buckhorn
The other day, it was announced that renowned American actor – but less known as a director – George Clooney has signed up to direct the film The Boys in the Boat. The film is based on Daniel James Brown’s famous book with the same title. The book was published in 2013 and made a real splash in the publishing world when it became a must-read book not only for rowers but also among non-rowers.
The website Observer.com received the news about Clooney directly from MGM, which is partnering with Lantern Entertainment to make the movie. Lantern acquired the assets of The Weinstein Company which went bankrupt.
‘The themes, characterizations and settings make it a story meant to be experienced on the big screen, and we are honored to be part of bringing it to audiences around the world,’ MGM Motion Picture Group president Jonathan Glickman said when the partnership between the two studios was first announced in 2018.
Clooney, who has six films under his belt as a director, will also produce The Boys in the Boat together with Andy Mitchell, Milos Brajovic, Kerry Roster and Grant Heslov. Clooney’s seventh film as director, The Midnight Sky, is waiting to be released.
‘Collaborating with MGM on Lantern Entertainment’s first production reinforces our commitment to foster productive partnerships anchored by powerful stories we are passionate about,’ Lantern co-presidents Mitchell and Brajovic told Observer.
The screenplay has been written by Mark L. Smith.
The film has been longtime in the making. The Weinstein Company bought the film rights even before the book about The Boys was printed. At an early stage, the Weinstein Company got the British actor and director Kenneth Branagh to agree to direct the movie. Branagh later decided not to direct The Boys.
At this point, there is no word on when the film will be released.