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George Clooney and Osama Bin Laden's Bodyguard

Posted: August 13th, 2008 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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George Clooney has bought the rights to Jonathan Mahler's legal thriller "The Challenge," about the long campaign waged by US Navy lawyer Charles Swift and Georgetown law professor Neal Katyal to ensure a fair trial for Salim Hamdan, the bodyguard and driver of Osama bin Laden.

Project will be developed through Clooney and Grant Heslov's Smoke House shingle. As with any Smoke House project, "The Challenge" remains a potential directing, writing and starring vehicle for Clooney.

A spokesman for Clooney confirmed that no decision had been made yet on what exact role Clooney would take on the project, although some are already speculating that the role of idealistic lawyer Swift may prove a fit for the actor.

Clooney had been tracking Mahler's story for some time, and Smoke House execs met with the writer months before the book's recent publication. While there had been interest from other potential buyers, Clooney's persistence is believed to have played a key role in persuading Mahler to sign with Smoke House.

Hamdan was sentenced August 7th by a panel of military officers at Guantanamo Bay to a prison term of 66 months, including time already served. The Yemeni-born convict was found guilty of material support for terrorism but cleared of the more serious charges of conspiracy to commit murder, seen by some analysts as a victory for retired naval officer Swift's efforts.

Mahler's book ends with the landmark 2006 US Supreme Court ruling that the military tribunals ordered for Hamdan and other Guantanamo Bay detainees violated the Geneva Convention and the Uniform Code for Military Justice. While Mahler is planning to update the paperback edition of his book to include Hamdan's trial verdict, it is unclear when Clooney's big screen adaptation of "The Challenge" will end.

Source: Variety


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Metafact writes:
on August 13th, 2008 at 1:02:30 PM

*rolls eyes* More Marxist, left-wing filmmaking from Clooney.

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