George Clooney is set to produce, and possibly direct, a movie about the 2008 financial crisis and the government bailout of troubled financial institutions. The movie will fittingly be called "700 Billion Man", according to Variety's latest reports.
The movie will be based on the Washington Post's 2009 feature on Neel Kashkari, a former Goldman Sachs executive who put together and helped administer the "Troubled Asset Relief Program".
The piece was a gloomy portrait of a man under pressure from Wall Street, Washington, the media and the public. At the time of the article was written Kashkari was hiding in a cabin in Northern California. He had just resigned having put the much maligned package together.
In the article Kashkari said "We didn't know if it would work. We had to project confidence, hold up the world. We couldn't admit how scared we were, or how uncertain."
Clooney has never been shy about tackling political issues. In 2009 he stared in "Up in the Air". He played a man who travelled around the country helping corporations to downsize employees. He also starred in and directed "Good Night and Good Luck" a movie about Edward R. Murrow's takedown of Senator Joseph McCarthy. He also won an Oscar for his role in "Syriana".
Currently Clooney is directing and starring in "The Ides of March". He is playing a presidential candidate whose posters look exactly like Obama's in 2008.