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George Clooney is one of the hottest properties at the Berlin Film Festival. After starring in opening night film “Hail, Caesar!,” Clooney is seeing his next directorial effort “Suburbicon” fast gathering traction.

Paramount Pictures is nearing  a deal with CAA for the film’s U.S. distribution rights, Variety has confirmed.

Meanwhile, at Berlin, sales agency Bloom is expected to be closing deals in major international territories over the next few days.

At the beginning of the month, Black Bear Pictures confirmed that it will finance the comedic drama, which was written by “Hail, Caesar!” directing pair Joel and Ethan Coen early in their careers but never made it to the screen. As Clooney told Variety recently, he’d sifted through dozens of scripts, looking for his next project, when he was reminded of the old screenplay and asked the Coen brothers for permission to finally adapt the story. When a home invasion turns deadly, a picture perfect family in a suburban neighborhood turns to blackmail, revenge and betrayal.

The movie stars Matt Damon, Josh Brolin and Julianne Moore.

Joel Silver will produce under his Silver Pictures banner alongside Clooney and Grant Heslov under their Smokehouse Pictures label, and Teddy Schwarzman for Black Bear.

Clooney’s directing credits include “Monuments Men,” “Leatherheads,” “The Ides of March,” “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” and “Good Night and Good Luck.”

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