George Clooney has Smothers Brothers Biopic in the Works
Published: December 11, 2011 - 9:06am
The Good Night, and Good Luck actor/director will return to the world of politically charged television from the Cold War Era with the help of Sony Pictures in an option for the rights to David Bianculli's book Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour".
A behind-the-scenes look at the rise and fall of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour — the provocative, politically charged program that shocked the censors, outraged the White House, and forever changed the face of television.
Decades before The Daily Show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour proved there was a place on television for no-holds-barred political comedy with a decidedly antiauthoritarian point of view. In this explosive, revealing history of the show, veteran entertainment journalist David Bianculli tells the fascinating story of its three-year network run — and the cultural impact that's still being felt today.
Before it was suddenly removed from the CBS lineup (reportedly under pressure from the Nixon administration), The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour was a ratings powerhouse. It helped launch the careers of comedy legends such as Steve Martin and Rob Reiner, featured groundbreaking musical acts like the Beatles and the Who, and served as a cultural touchstone for the antiwar movement of the late 1960s.
Atari writers Brian Hecker and Craig Sherman have been put to work on the script adaption. George Clooney and Grant Heslov will produce via their Smokehouse production company. It is not known whether this film will be a starring and/or directing vehicle for the former.