According to Joe Carnahan, George Clooney has dropped out of his upcoming adaptation of James Elroy's crime novel White Jazz. This comes just after Chris Pine left the project to star in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek.
Joe had this to say:
Rough weekend. I had a bad feeling after they pushed Leatherheads to April because of the extensive post on that film that something was going to have to give. Also, George is neck deep in the Coen bros. film at the moment and trying to do Michael Clayton press which will likely carry over into Awards season...SO...they wanted to see about pushing White Jazz back, which I really don't want to do. I've been waiting awhile to make this one and I wasn't content to sit on my hands.
Right now, (actually it began on Friday) we're in the process of trying to plug a guy into this movie that, if it works, would be pretty f*cking amazing. No, INCREDIBLY f*cking amazing, so we'll see what happens.
No tears kids. This is the business. It happens all the time and you've got to have the balls and the ability to push past in spite of these setbacks.
We march on.