After a string of films that felt more at home in the art house than the multiplex, George Clooney will next tackle the big-budget period film The Monuments Men as a director and star, EW has confirmed. Based on the book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, the story follows a band of American and British art experts who are chosen to seek out artwork pilfered by the Nazis during World War II. (TheWrap first reported the story.)
Clooney is writing the project with producing partner Grant Heslov, who also helped pen the scripts for Good Night, and Good Luck, and The Ides of March. Other than Clooney, there is no cast yet in place.