Clooney to Produce Smothers Brothers Movie

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News from Deadline that George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Productions have teamed up to produce a film about 1960s controversial comedians the Smothers Brothers. Brian Hecker and Craig Sherman are adapting David Bianculli’s book “Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.”

Tom and Dick Smothers looked like the nicest young men–clean-cut, short hair, always in suits. Tommy played the guitar and Dick played the bass. But they rocked 1960s televisions with a brand of subversive, counterculture comedy that put them in perpetual hot water with some censor or another. They didn’t look like hippies, but they represented them. Their writing staff included Steve Martin and Rob Reiner and they really broke ground by putting on some of the top rock acts of the day: the Doors, Jefferson Airplane, and the Who, who gave a legendary performance you can watch here. (Oh, and apparently the Smothers brothers may have been the only ones who got along worse with each other than the Who, so they were kindred spirits). The two stirred up enough trouble that CBS eventually cancelled the series.

No word on whether Clooney would appear in the movie or direct it, but you would suspect one or the other or both. He’s too old to play Dick Smothers, I guess, but could play some other role. I have a feeling this is going to be a directing gig, though.

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