George Clooney joins the Men Who Stare at Goats

Well, it’s no Syriana or even Three Kings, but Variety brings us word that George Clooney has signed onto another politically themed film, this time an adaptation of Jonathan Ronson’s Men Who Stare at Goats, a non-fiction book about the “U.S. Army’s First Earth Battalion, a unit that was to use paranormal powers. Title refers to the notion that one can kill a goat by staring at it.”

The synposis at the author’s official site provides a bit more information:

In 1979 a secret unit was established by the most gifted minds within the US Army. Defying all known accepted military practice — and indeed, the laws of physics — they believed that a soldier could adopt the cloak of invisibility, pass cleanly through walls and, perhaps most chillingly, kill goats just by staring at them. Entrusted with defending America from all known adversaries, they were the First Earth Battalion. And they really weren’t joking. What’s more, they’re back and fighting the War on Terror. ‘The men who stare at goats’ reveals extraordinary — and very nutty — national secrets at the core of George W Bush’s War on Terror.

These are your tax dollars at work, people.

Peter Straughan (the upcoming Simon Pegg starrer How to Lose Friends and Alienate People — which looks terrific, by the way) penned the adapated screenplay, which topped the 2007 Brit List of best unproduced screenplays.

Here is a three part video, Crazy Rulers of the World, the first of which is also titled The Men Who Stare at Goats, in which Jonathan Ronson covers some of the material found in the book.

(Incidentally, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People will open in the US on October 3.)

Posted on May 16, 2008 at 12:00 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
In: News · Tagged with: ,