George Clooney may be one of the most recognisable actors around, but he also has a quietly impressive directing career. He’ll look to add another good film to his resume with The Tender Bar, which he has signed on to direct and produce at Amazon.
Based on J.R. Moehringer‘s bestselling 2005 memoir, the film will revolve around a boy growing up in Long Island who seeks out unlikely father figures among the patrons at his uncle’s bar. Oscar-winning scribe William Monahan (The Departed) will adapt Moehringer’s memoir.
Clooney has starred in every film he has directed with the exception of his most recent movie, Suburbicon, so there’s a good chance he’ll be in front of the camera on this one too. The film had previously been in development at Sony, with Hidden Figures director Ted Melfi at the helm.
As mentioned, Clooney’s directing career is pretty solid. It includes spy comedy Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind, Oscar-nominated historical drama Good Night, And Good Luck, and political thriller The Ides Of March.
He had also been circling a project titled Boys In The Boat at MGM, a film about the University of Washington rowing team that won a gold medal at the 1936 Olympics, but he ultimately decided on The Tender Bar instead. Outside of Suburbicon, his directing career is pretty reliable, and he remains a star audiences want to see, so this is a solid move by Amazon.
This isn’t the only directorial project Clooney is involved in though. He also has The Midnight Sky, a post-apocalyptic thriller where he plays a lonely scientist in the Arctic trying to stop Felicity Jones and her team of astronauts from returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe, coming soon to Netflix.