George Clooney to play ‘Tourist’

Anthony Peckham hired to develop script.

Warner Bros. has set Anthony Peckham to adapt “The Tourist,” an Olen Steinhauer novel being developed as a potential star vehicle for George Clooney.

Smokehouse’s Grant HeslovNina Wolarsky and Clooney will produce.

Acquired by WB in the fall, “The Tourist” is a contemporary international thriller about a spy who risks everything to reveal a conspiracy after he’s accused of a murder he didn’t commit.

Peckham’s script “Human Factor” will be directed early next year by Clint EastwoodMorgan Freeman and Matt Damon will star. Warner just recruited Guy Ritchie to direct “Sherlock Holmes,” for which Peckham did a rewrite, and the scribe also did a rewrite on “Book of Eli,” a project that has Denzel Washington circling at WB.

Clooney will next be seen in the Joel and Ethan Coen-directed “Burn After Reading.”

The Human Factor

The Tourist

I’d star, but it’ll always depend on the screenplay and how it comes out because these are those kind of movies that, if you do them really right, it is a Matt Damon film, it’s the “Bourne” films. If you do them wrong, it’s all the movies I’ve done before. (Laughs)