George Clooney to direct Amazon’s The Tender Bar
Staff Reporter | On 31, Jul 2020
George Clooney is planning to head from Netflix to Amazon for his next project, an adaptation of The Tender Bar.
JR Moehringer’s bestseller is a memoir about a boy striving to become a man, and his romance with a bar. JR grew up captivated by the voice of his father, a New York City disc jockey who vanished before JR had spoken his first word. At eight years old, suddenly unable to find The Voice on the radio, JR turned in desperation to the bar on the corner, where he found a rousing chorus of new voices. The alphas along the bar – including JR’s Uncle Charlie – took him to the beach, to ballgames, and ultimately into their circle. Torn between the stirring example of his mother and the lurid romance of the bar, JR tried to forge an identity somewhere in between.
The film was originally set up at Sony with Ted Melfi at the helm, but when the project went into turnaround, Amazon Studios picked it up. Clooney, who had been eyeing up MGM’s Boys in the Boat, has recently helmed Midnight Sky, a post-apocalyptic thriller for Netflix, in which he also starred alongside Felicity Jones.
Now, he’s in talks to direct The Tender Bar, which he would produce through his Smokehouse Pictures banner alongside professional partner Grant Heslov. Ted Hope is also on board as producer, with the script penned by The Departed writer William Monahan.