Syriana: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Matt Damon and Amanda Peet are headed for Syriana, Warner Bros. Pictures and Section Eight's timely geopolitical thriller tackling oil, international politics and the CIA.

Peet is in advanced negotiations to play the wife of Bryan Woodman (Damon), a handsome oil executive who's in major deal-making mode with an oil sheik when he goes through a pivotal family tragedy. His wife, Julie (Peet), works with him to figure it out.

George Clooney is in advanced negotiations to play career CIA agent Robert Baer. He's tracking terrorists; the American president declares war.

The feature is inspired by real-life CIA agent Robert Baer's memoirs, "See No Evil: The True Story of a Foot Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism," which Warners and Section Eight optioned a couple of years ago with the help of Maria Campbell, a consultant to Warners on literary pickups.

Brian B.