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Sunday 18 February 2018

Clooney to bring Enron to cinema

George Clooney is bringing Enron to the big screen
George Clooney is bringing Enron to the big screen

George Clooney is adapting Enron, the hit British play about the decline of the energy company shortly before the financial crisis, for the big screen.

The Hollywood star is to co-produce the film adaptation of the play and is also likely to direct the project, The Observer reports.

Producer Laura Ziskin confirmed to the Observer she had bought the film rights to the play and had joined forces with George on the project as he was a big fan of the play.

Lucy Prebble's play was a sell-out in Chichester and at London's Royal Court theatre, during its run in the West End and on a nationwide tour.

The witty satire moved to Broadway, starring Sam West as an ambitious businessman overcome by greed, but the production was a flop in the US, closing after just 15 performances.

Laura suggested the reason the stage production was not a hit with US audiences is they may have felt uncomfortable about being satirised by a foreign company.

She said: "Maybe Americans didn't want that mirror held up to them at that moment."

Playwright Lucy is writing the screenplay but none of the original British cast will be involved in the film.

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