George Clooney is heading to the Warner family on two new films, the crime drama, White Jazz for Warner Independent Pictures and the crime thriller, Belmont Boys for Warner Bros. Pictures.
He'll first star in and produce the James Ellroy novel, White Jazz, through his Smokehouse Productions with Grant Heslov. The Hollywood Reporter adds Joe Carnahan will direct from a script by his brother Matthew Carnahan. White Jazz is the last volume of what is known as Ellroy's 'L.A. quartet' of crime novels, which includes L.A. Confidential, The Big Nowhere and The Black Dahlia. Clooney will star as a corrupt police lieutenant assigned to a potentially explosive case for the Los Angeles Police Department during a time when the department is under investigation for corruption.
White Jazz is scheduled to begin production in early 2008.
After wrapping the Ellroy film, George will direct and produce the crime thriller, Belmont Boys.
Brian Koppelman and David Levien wrote the script named after a group of seven thieves who meet as railbirds at the racetrack in the old days and almost pull off the job of a lifetime. 30 years later, they are thrown back together to finish what they started.
Belmont Boys will span across the U.S. and locations throughout Europe in production at the end of 2008; Clooney and Weintraub already in discussions with seven major actors for the lead roles.