Berlinale: Clooney to film Suburbicon in LA
George Clooney is set to direct new comedy drama Suburbicon in Los Angeles from this autumn, Paramount Pictures has announced, having secured US distribution rights at Berlinale.
Clooney was also in Berlin for the premiere of Hail, Caesar! (pictured), his latest in a series of comedy roles for the Coens as directors following comedies O Brother Where Art Thou?, Intolerable Cruelty and Burn After Reading.
Suburbicon will tell the story of tensions that emerge in an apparently tranquil suburban family following a home invasion. Clooney will direct a script from the Coen Brothers, with Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac starring.
“George has assembled a stellar project, starting with Joel and Ethan’s great script, a wildly talented cast lead by Matt and Julianne, and an extraordinary producing team with George, Grant [Heslov], Joel and Teddy [Schwarzman],” said Brad Grey, chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures.
Suburbicon is one of just 13 films – from more than 170 applicants – to have secured conditional approval for filming incentive support from the California Film Commission following an application window in January this year. Tax credits worth $55m will be shared between all the shoots.
California recently boosted its filming incentive by more than tripling its annual fund, but most of the money is allocated to TV production.
For more on filming in California see our production guide.
Hail Caesar! image: Universal Pictures