According to The Hollywood Reporter, Section Eight, Samuels Media, Mirage Enterprises and Castle Rock Entertainment will produce the dramatic thriller Michael Clayton, which will star Section Eight partner George Clooney and will be written and directed by Tony Gilroy.

Clayton marks the directing debut of Gilroy. Samuels Media will finance the project. The film is about an in-house fixer at a major New York law firm. For 15 years he's worked behind the scenes to make clients' personal problems disappear. The story takes place over the four worst and last days in his career.

Principal photography is scheduled to begin in January on location in New York City.