George Clooney Will Bring Enron to the Silver Screen

By Andrew Gans
and Kenneth Jones
December 6, 2010

George Clooney will bring British playwright Lucy Prebble's acclaimed London play (and Broadway flop), Enron, a highly theatrical look at the infamous case of American corporate greed, to the silver screen.



London's Observer reports that Clooney will produce and likely direct the film adaptation of the play; it is unclear whether the Academy Award winner will appear in the film as well.

The paper also says that none of the original London cast will be part of the motion picture.

Clooney will produce the film with Laura Ziskin; playwright Prebble will pen the screenplay.

Enron, British playwright Prebble's timely-as-today's-headlines play about American corporate greed and white-collar crime, did not repeat its London success on Broadway. It played only 22 previews and 16 performances by the end of its 2010 run.

Directed by Rupert Goold, Enron was embraced in London for being an audacious docudrama that uses song, movement, projections, video, masks — and naturalistic workplace scenes — to tell the real-life American corporate crime story. The Broadway transfer (featuring an American cast) opened at the Broadhurst Theatre on April 27, 2010, following previews from April 8.

The U.S. debut of Enron featured Norbert Leo Butz, Gregory Itzin, Stephen Kunken and Marin Mazzie as the four principal wrongdoers at the top of the Enron foodchain in Houston. Kunken was Tony Award-nominated for his work as CFO Andy Fastow in the play.

Goold and Prebble revised Enron for Broadway, streamlining the material for U.S. audiences who might have been familiar with elements of the collapse of the ambitious American energy corporation.