George Clooney’s Smokehouse Pictures Acquires Film Rights to ‘Three Minutes to Doomsday’

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George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures has picked up the film rights to Joe Navarro’s “Three Minutes to Doomsday.”

The book follows the FBI’s leading body language expert, Navarro, who was sent to track down Rod Ramsey to report on his knowledge or association with Clyde Lee Conrad, an U.S. Army officer who sold top-secret classified information to the People’s Republic of Hungary. It documents Navarro and Ramsey’s relationship and interviews against the backdrop of the Cold War.

Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster, recently acquired North American rights for the book.

Howards Means, who collaborated with Robert Baer on “See No Evil” and “Sleeping With the Devil,” assisted Navarro in his writing. “Syriana,” for which Clooney won an Oscar, was based on Baer’s books.

Smokehouse most recently produced “August: Osage County,” starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, the Clooney-directed “Monuments Men” and Ben Affleck’s Oscar-winning “Argo.” Coming up, the production company will produce David Gordon Green’s “Our Brand Is Crisis” and Jodie Foster’s “Money Monster.”

Steve Ross and Paul Weitzman represent Navarro for Abrams Artists Agency.

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  1. George looks like he’s fixing to brew some box office posion again

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    “What? Well, actually not so much, it’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2′.”
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    “Err, it’s about Cyber-Racoons and talking trees, aliens and intergalactic wars.”
    “So, is it?”
    “Hm. You’ll have to work with me here, Kevin, ol’ chap. Will it put zero asses into seats?”

    “Hm. Well, given the fact part 1 was a blockbuster, people loved it and word of mouth went through the roof… erm, yeah?!”

  3. Edward says:

    “Yeah, hello? Hi. George Clooney here. Yeah, my pleasure. So, I heard you got a new book in the pipeline. Now, before I buy it, I’ll need you to confirm three things. Is it a true story? Is that true story of a political nature? And most importantly, will it put zero asses into seats?”

    “Err, yeah?!”


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