George Clooney’s Monuments Men Moves Forward with Bill Murray and Cate Blanchett

Back in January, it was announced that George Clooney’s next directorial effort would be Monuments Men, a WWII tale about art historians who protect stolen art from destruction by the Nazis. In the intervening months we haven’t really heard much about the film, but now it appears to be gaining traction as Fox has come on board to co-finance the production with Sony. The addition of stars Bill Murray and Cate Blanchett also provides another sign of momentum and should help get film fans excited too. Clooney plans to co-star, although no details have been provided on what characters anyone will play. Here’s a description of the book that the film is based on:

At the same time Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. The Fuehrer had begun cataloguing the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy: “degenerate” works he despised. In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Momuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture. Focusing on the eleven-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, this fascinating account follows six Monuments Men and their impossible mission to save the world’s great art from the Nazis.

It’s been a tough sell to get a mid-range budget film geared towards adults financed as of late, so it’s nice to see this one coming together. The concept for the film, which is based on a true story, sounds fascinating. Sure, you could say it’s just another WWII movie, but there’s enough of a twist on the genre here to peak my interest. The material seems like a great fit for Clooney, but I’m even more interested in seeing Bill Murray in a WWII setting. Are you looking forward to George Clooney’s latest directorial effort?

  • Steve

    Clooney handles films from this era so well. “Good Night and Good Luck” (though it takes place about ten years after this story) is my all time favorite film.

  • scott

    As long as he’s not doing Leatherheads or The American sequels.


  • Maopheus

    Interesting concept, but they might want to change the title. Just sounds a little cumbersome.