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George Clooney, Paul Greengrass plot Sony pic

'Argo' producers reteam with scribe Chris Terrio on untitled crime feature

The team behind “Argo” is planning another caper, as producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov will reunite with scribe Chris Terrio on an untitled crime movie that Paul Greengrass is attached to direct and produce.

Sources tell Variety the project is in development at Sony, where Clooney and Heslov’s Smoke House banner has a first-look deal. Clooney is attached to star. Details of Terrio’s script, an original story set in the world of New York criminal syndicates, are being kept under wraps.

A hot commodity in Hollywood thanks to “Argo,” Terrio was recently named to Variety’s list of 10 Screenwriters to Watch. He just finished the first draft of the New York-set remake of French thriller “Tell No One” for Warner Bros. and producer Kathleen Kennedy, and he’s also writing “A Murder Foretold” for Paramount and producers Mark Roybal and Steve Zaillian.

Scribe, who got his start co-writing and directing Sony Pictures Classics’ 2005 drama “Heights,” has had three scripts on the Black List including “Argo,” an unsold spec titled “Baltimore” and “The Ends of the Earth,” an epic about 20th Century capitalism that Jennifer Lawrence is attached to topline for the Weinstein Co. and Escape Artists.

Clooney and Heslov teamed with director-star Ben Affleck to produce “Argo,” which has grossed nearly $100 million for WB, GK Films and Smoke House. Duo recently co-wrote and produced Clooney’s political drama “The Ides of March” and are also producing John Wells’ adaptation of “August: Osage County” for the Weinstein Co.

Clooney, who’s coming off an Oscar nomination for “The Descendants,” will next be seen opposite Sandra Bullock in Alfonso Cuaron’s space thriller “Gravity.” He’s in negotiations to topline Brad Bird’s alien invasion pic “1952” for Disney as he preps his next directorial effort, period art heist drama “The Monuments Men,” which Smoke House is producing for Sony.

Greengrass recently wrapped producing Sony’s Tom Hanks starrer “Captain Phillips.” He continues to develop the Martin Luther King Jr. pic “Memphis” with producer Scott Rudin as a possible independent production.

CAA reps Clooney, Greengrass and Terrio, who’s also repped by Anonymous Content. Clooney and Greengrass are also repped by attorneys Michael Adler and Carlos Goodman, respectively.

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