George Clooney is no stranger to politically-charged films, with titles like Good Night, and Good Luck, Syriana, and the upcoming The Ides of March in his filmography. Now it looks as if the A-lister will tackle another political topic, teaming up with his producing partner Grant Heslov for a film on the Wall Street bailout called The $700 Billion Man. The story is based on a 2009 Washington Post article about Neel Kashkari, a top official for then-Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson. Kashkari “developed the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program, which bailed out the big banks after the ’08 economic collapse.” Zach Helm (Stranger Than Fiction) has been brought on to pen the film, which could be Clooney’s next directorial gig.
While sometimes celebrities receive criticism for voicing their political views, Clooney has typically handled that type of material with a smooth hand in his films. Perhaps a better cause for concern would be the context of the event. Can something that happened this recently be fully explored, especially concerning the results of the bailout? I suppose films like The Social Network have shown that it is possible, right? If Clooney should decide to direct, I’ll be even more interested in the project since I’ve enjoyed all of his films thus far (well, Leatherheads was just okay). What are your thoughts on The $700 Billion Man as a future film from Clooney?