I know lots of Chewers share screenwriting aspirations, and we’ve enjoyed a lot of success tales lately from the likes of Dave Davis and Jeremy Slater. But for the rest of you undiscovered masses out there, here’s a super secret tip for getting your work sold: Stop writing screenplays and start freelancing for fancy mags like Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, and Sister 2 Sister. Sure, your wacky torture porn/family drama spec script is collecting dust (“It’s basically Hostel meets Something To Talk About. Wait….where are you going?!?!”), but if you can find a good real-life geopolitical or current human interest story and can get these publications to give you space enough for 5000 or so words on it, you’re probably a lot closer to getting your foot in the door these days. You might even have that door opened by George Clooney.
Smoke House Productions (which he runs with creative partner Grant Heslov or,
as casting agents in the 90s know him, Vaguely Ethnic Weasel-ly Guy) and
Warners (Really, wasn’t Batman and Robin worth it so that
Clooney could get in good at The WB for all of his projects since then?) have
picked up an article in the current issue of Wired entitled “Escape
From Tehran,” which details the story of a CIA agent who came up with the
brilliant concept of staging a fake movie shoot in Iran during the late 70s
hostage crisis in order to smuggle six Americans out. He went to
As always with projects under his banner, Clooney may act or direct the story, but he and Heslov will most certainly be writing the film. This would mark their first screenwriting collaboration since Good Night, and Good Luck.