George Clooney's Smoke House and Warner Bros. Pictures will produce a remake of Rachel Boynton's political documentary, Our Brand is Crisis as a possible dark comedy.
Nothing yet from Clooney's camp on if George will direct or star in the film about the dangers of "exporting" American democracy. It's a behind-the-scenes look at the Bolivian presidential election of 2002, when candidate Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada (aka Goni) hired James Carville's Washington, D.C.-based political consulting firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner to help him win. Goni's poll numbers were dismal, with Bolivians accusing him of being too closely aligned with U.S. interests.
Variety adds employing the same tactics they do in the U.S., Carville - who himself flew in - and his team used focus groups, sloganeering and smear tactics. Goni won by a narrow margin, but the work had only just begun for Carville's team. Bolivia descended into crisis under Goni's rule, and he was ultimately forced to resign.
Peter Straughan to adapt Our Brand is Crisis; no production schedule has been set.