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Clooney Readying CONFESSIONS

CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND is go, with actor making his feature film directing debut.

By Frank Kurtz     July 20, 2001
Source: Army Archerd/Variety

George Clooney in THE PERFECT STORM
© 2000 Warner Bros.

Word has it that the previously delayed CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND will finally get up and rolling, with George Clooney helming. According to Variety columnist Army Archerd, Clooney, producer Andrew Lazar (SPACE COWBOYS) and Chuck Barris, the game show creator and write of the faux biography by the same name that the film will be based on, got together to celebrate the latest beginning of the project.

Previously, the film was to be helmed by Bryan Singer (X-MEN) with Johnny Depp signed on to play Barris. When financial complications forced the production to shut down, Singer shifted his focus to X-MEN 2 and the new BATTLESTAR GALACTICA series.

Clooney was also attached to the film to play a CIA agent, which looks to still be the case. There's no word on whether or not Depp might return or not, though the Barris role officially remains uncast.

The film tells the mock saga of game show creator Chuck Barris and his secret life as a CIA hitman. Barris is said to be so excited about the movie project that he's already writing a sequel, titled BAD GRASS NEVER DIES: MORE CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND. In addition, Barris is said to be developing the concept as a TV series as well.


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