George Clooney is in early talks to return to the director’s chair. Per Deadline, the actor is meeting with 20th Century Fox to discuss directing sci-fi thriller Echo.
Christopher MacBride (The Conspiracy) has penned the script which revolves around a drone specialist who has a psychological crisis: is he paranoid in suspecting his lover is not who she appears to be, and could she have been replaced? 21 Laps is producing the film, and Echo is right in line with their recent sci-fi output which includes Arrival, Stranger Things and the upcoming Darkest Minds.
The brief synopsis doesn’t sound too dissimilar to a previous Clooney vehicle; 2002’s updated version of Solaris, which was directed by Steven Soderbergh. The last film Clooney directed was Suburbicon, and he recently got done directing the opening episode of the miniseries adaptation of Joseph Heller‘s novel, Catch-22, which he also has a supporting role in.
Despite Fox’s impending takeover by either Disney or Comcast, the studio continues to put together serious, adult-orientated films and sources expect this deal to go through smoothly. While Clooney’s last directorial effort was met with poor reviews, he’s helmed some interesting films, though nothing much like Echo, so this would be new territory for him behind the camera.