Warner Bros. Pictures has picked up feature remake rights to Rachel Boynton’s political documentary “Our Brand Is Crisis” in the hopes of it becoming a potential George Clooney acting or directing vehicle says Variety.
“Crisis” is a behind-the-scenes look at the Bolivian presidential election of 2002, when candidate Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada (aka Goni) hired James Carville’s Washington, D.C.-based political consulting firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner to help him win.
Goni’s poll numbers were dismal, but by employing the same tactics (eg. focus groups, slogans, smear tactics) they do in the U.S., Goni won by a narrow margin. Bolivia descended into crisis under Goni’s rule, and he was ultimately forced to resign.
Clooney’s shingle Smoke House will produce and British scribe Peter Straughan will adapt into a dark comedy about the dangers of ‘exporting American democracy’.