Clooney Takes Up A Challenge

George Clooney and his Smoke House production company have landed the rights to Jonathan Mahler’s legal thriller “The Challenge” says Variety.

The project deals with the long campaign waged by U.S. Navy lawyer Charles Swift and Georgetown law professor Neal Katyal to ensure a fair trial for Salim Hamdan, the bodyguard and driver of Osama bin Laden.

Hamdan was sentenced Aug. 7 by a panel of military officers at Guantanamo Bay to a prison term of 66 months, including time already served. The Yemeni-born convict was found guilty of material support for terrorism but cleared of the more serious charges of conspiracy to commit murder, seen by some analysts as a victory for retired naval officer Swift’s efforts.

The project could be a potential directing, writing and starring vehicle for Clooney.