George Clooney and producing partner Grant Heslov will produce a feature film about the controversial 1960s CBS musical-comedy-variety show "The Smothers Brothers Hour," reports TheWrap.com.
Smokehouse Pictures will team with Sony to adapt David Bianculli’s 2009 book centered on the comedy team of Tommy Smothers and Dick Smothers, "Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour."
On his blog, TV Worth Watching, the author confirmed the project. Bianculli also offered his choice of an actor to play Tommy Smothers: Emmy winner Neil Patrick Harris.
Bianculli wrote on his site: "First, I’m thrilled on behalf of Tom and Dick, whose story deserves to be told and retold, and whose efforts to inject topicality into scripted TV comedy in the 1960s led very directly to the sort of thing Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher are doing today. But I’m also thrilled because, when the book was still in galleys and I was asked by the film-division agent at my literacy agency to name my dream filmmaker for a Smothers Brothers movie, I said two words. One was George. The other was Clooney."
Two writers have been assigned to adapting the book: Brian Hecker and Craig Sherman. The pair are currently collaborating on "Atari," a biography of Nolan Bushnell, the video game company’s founder.