George Clooney getting behind “Enron” musical adaptation

By Sean O’Connell Every inch of the Enron scandal was dutifully covered by Alex Gibney’s remarkable documentary. But if you left Gibney’s flick thinking it needed more musical numbers, you are in luck.

The popular West End musical “Enron,” which details the energy giant’s rise and fall, is making the leap to the big screen, and George Clooney is the man leading the charge.

The Guardian reports that Clooney will adapt the stage play but “will be doing so without its British cast or director. Apart from playwright Lucy Prebble, who is now writing the screenplay having sold the film rights, the team that made the original UK staging is not involved in the movie.”

Laura Ziskin actually acquired the rights, and is partnering with Clooney. It’s unclear whether the A-lister will direct or star in the production, though if he does, it will have to happen after he helms his politically-tinged “The Ides of March,” which is currently in pre-production for a 2011 release.

More details on Clooney’s musical “Enron” adaptation as they develop.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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