George Clooney will write, direct and star in the big-budget hunt for Nazi-stolen art treasure project “The Monuments Men” reports The Wrap.
Clooney and his producing partner Grant Heslov are co-penning this adaptation of Robert M. Edsel’s book about a hand-picked group of art experts chosen by the U.S. government to retrieve artwork taken by the Nazis during World War II.
The team of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians all came together to find and return the treasures which Hitler systematically emptied from the museums and private collections of Europe. The action is set in the last eleven months of the war with the group sometimes working behind enemy lines.
“it’s a fun movie because it could be big entertainment. it’s a big budget, you can’t do it small — it’s landing in Normandy” said Clooney at the Palm Springs Film Festival on Saturday. The project however is still in early stages so no-one has been cast or is being considered yet for the various roles.