Warner Brothers purchase Olen Steinhauer’s The Tourist.

Warner Brothers has puchased the film rights to Olen Steinhauer’s forthcoming novel, The Tourist.

“A spy must risk everything to reveal a conspiracy after he’s suspected of a murder he didn’t commit.

Oscar-winner George Clooney, along with Grant Heslov, will be producing. Clooney and Heslov are partners in the production company Smoke House. The two first worked together on Good Night, and Good Luck. Heslov co-wrote it with Clooney.

Olen has said that Clooney will be starring, but all other reports only mention him as a producer.
No word has been given as to when this project might move forward, but it is not likely to occur until 2009.

Clooney is in the middle of promoting Michael Clayton (We will have a review in the next day).
Is in post-production on Leathernecks (which he is staring in as well as having written, directed and produced).
Is filming Burn after Reading with the Coen Brothers.
Will be starting pre-production on Joe Carnahan’s film of Ellroy’s White Jazz.
And will also be doing a voice for Wes Anderson’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox (based on the work of Roald Dahl).

George is a busy guy.