George Clooney and the Coen Brothers make a pretty great combination (O Brother Where Art Thou?, Intolerable Cruelty and Burn After Reading is a great run) – and it looks like they’re about to reteam for Hail Caesar!. That’s great news in itself, but the icing on the cake is that Josh Brolin will also be joining the 1950s set comedy (Brolin starred in the Coen’s No Country For Old Men and True Grit).
Here’s the 411 from Deadline:
“It’s about a fixer in Hollywood circa 1950s who works for the studios to protect the stars of the day. Entitled Hail Caesar,the comical yarn centers on a man named Eddie Mannix who sounds a lot like the Fred Otash of his day — the famed 1950s private investigator who worked forConfidential magazine and was the muckraker of the time using wiretaps to spy on movie stars and gather dirt. Otash was a former lifeguard who became a cop, lost his job as a cop and became a private eye who wiretapped. The project is being put together now. It’s not clear if the Eddie Mannix in the script is based on the man of the same who was a MGM vp, for those of you wondering. The real Mannix was vp and general manager under Louis B. Mayer and Dore Schary. It was Mannix’s wife who actor George Reeves had the affair with. Reeves was later found with a gunshot wound to the head and it was ruled a suicide by the L.A. County coroner’s office but questions have always persisted about the death.”
Universal Pictures will distribute the film worldwide. Looks like Hail Caesar! is moving up to the top of the anticipated future movies list.