George Clooney is never one to sit idle and take hefty breaks between film-making and stardom. The superstar, along with Grant Heslov of Smokehouse Pictures, is teaming up with the creators of Making a Murderer for a new TV series.
The television project, entitled America’s Most Admired Lawbreaker, is based on a series of articles by journalist Steven Brill. A network has yet to be attached to the project, and it is unclear as to how many episodes will make up what is described as an “event series.”
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The series will focus on a true story of a pharmaceutical company that created a drug that was marketed heavily to children and the elderly while hiding data about potential side effects of the powerful drug. Although the drug company was under investigation and agreed to pay over $2 billion for their unethical marketing of the drug, it made over $30 billion in sales of the drug internationally.
The Making a Murderer creators Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi, spoke about the discussions that came out of the series that they are so well known for, as Post Crescent relays.
“The response to the series has taken on a life of its own. But what we’re really taking on in the series is the role of truth and justice in the American criminal justice system. If there’s ambiguity – which we believe there is – about who killed Teresa Halbach, then the question is, what do you do with that ambiguity? We were trying to show the experience of the accused in the criminal justice system. Do we really give any weight to individual rights?”
Independent shares about the publicity and media storm this new series may bring to the pharmaceutical conglomerate Johnson & Johnson.
“Following the level of recognition achieved by Making a Murderer subject Steven Avery – the story of whom took the duo ten years to make into a series – we’re sure Johnson & Johnson are preparing for one h*** of a media storm.”
In other George Clooney film news, the actor is reportedly recalling a time when he was too happy with Brad Pitt. The two heartthrobs have been pals for some time now, but one role almost kept this bromance from coming to be. A movie created back in 1991 that was a huge success, Thelma and Louise, involved a role for a young good-looking male. Both Clooney and Pitt were up for the part, but Brad Pitt ultimately walked away the victor. George Clooney has recently shared that, at the time, he was definitely miffed over losing to Pitt. Hof Magazine recounts the situation.
“The actor-director said that he was not able to watch the film since he was stuck in doing a lot of bad TV at the time. He said that he auditioned many times until he and Pitt were chosen to cast the role but then, he did not make it. Clooney added that for a couple of years, he could not watch that certain movie.”
9@9 this morning from the year Brad Pitt said hello in Thelma and Louise. Jason x pic.twitter.com/y8GcfznJ0C
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However, as the years went by, Clooney realized that Pitt was the right man for the job. He finally watched the film and was made aware of this fact, even praising Pitt for his performance. Clooney admitted that had he been offered the role, he might have managed to mess it up somehow. He also sees that things have turned out for the best in his own acting career, within which he has been offered fantastic roles that suit his acting style perfectly.
Both Brad Pitt and George Clooney have become notable actors and can now say that they are close pals who admire one another’s talents due to the films that have allowed them to work together over the years.
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