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George Clooney to direct and star in The Monuments Men

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GEORGE Clooney is to direct and star in a new film based on the acclaimed book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History.

Written by Robert M. Edsel, the book follows the story of the US government’s attempts to retrieve art-work stolen by Hitler’s forces during the Second World War and the art experts whose skills are put to use to do so.

The title comes from the name given to the US and UK art historians and museum curators who helped the military track down the stolen pieces.

Unlike previous Clooney directing efforts, Good Night, and Good Luck and The Ides of March, the film will boast a bigger budget.

But it will see the filmmaker reuniting with producing partner Grant Heslov to adapt the book for Sony Pictures.

Commenting on the bigger budget, and whether the film will be perceived as a more commercia move for him, Clooney told The Wrap: “I’m not opposed to doing a commercial film, I’m just opposed to doing a commercial film that doesn’t feel organic to me. So, if we’re going to do a commercial film we thought, ‘Let’s do something that seems fun and actually have something to say.’”

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