George Clooney and Matt Charman to develop Watergate limited series for Netflix
George Clooney (Up in the Air, The Descendants) and Bridge of Spies writer Matt Charman are partnering up with Clooney’s Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov to develop an eight-part limited series about Watergate, according to Deadline. The project has reportedly ended up at Netflix.
The series, if it goes through, will be produced by Sonar Entertainment. The site reports that each episode of the Watergate drama would focus on one of the people involved in the scandal that rocked the Presidency, including Attorney General John Mitchell and Nixon counsel John Ehrlichman and will be modeled after the Japanese drama Rashomon.
Clooney and Heslov will serve as executive producers, while Charman will write the script for Watergate. The Watergate scandal took place in the early 1970s after a break-in by five men at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington D.C. The break-in took place on June 17, 1972. The scandal involved President Richard Nixon’s administration trying to cover up its involvement. The scandal led to President Nixon resigning from office.
Smokehouse is currently working on another project, Catch-22 based on the Joesph Heller novel. Clooney is set to star and direct. Catch-22 comes to us from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content.
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