A correction was made to this article on Oct. 9, 2004
George Clooney will direct and star in Section Eight pic “Goodnight. And Good Luck,” financed by 2929 Entertainment. David Strathairn and Patricia Clarkson will also star.
Pic is the story of broadcaster Edward R. Murrow’s on-air confrontations with Sen. Joseph McCarthy, which helped bring down the infamous politician.
Slated to start shooting Feb. 28 for seven weeks, the film is being financed by Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban’s 2929 Entertainment with co-production partners Metropolitan Films in France, Redbus in the U.K. and Tohokushinsha of Japan. Another production company is also in negotiations to co-finance the pic.
Warner Bros. will release the film domestically while 2929 Intl.’s Shebnem Askin will handle foreign sales. Askin is introducing the project to overseas buyers at the AFM.
Pic, penned by Clooney and Grant Heslov, is based on actual events and follows newsman Murrow (Strathairn) and his producer Fred Friendly (Clooney) during the historic confrontations of the House of Un-American Activities Committee’s anti-Communist hearings.