He may have only just released The Monuments Men, but George Clooney isn’t resting up, as he and producing partner Grant Heslov are teaming with Sony Pictures to remake the Norwegian thriller Pioneer. At the moment Clooney isn’t attached to direct, and they’ve only just started to look for a screenwriter.
Here’s the synopsis from the upcoming UK cinema release of the original version, ‘PIONEER comes from the producers of Headhunters, the director of the original Insomnia – Erik Skjoldbjærg, and stars Aksel Hennie and Wes Bentley. This tense thriller is set in the early 1980s, at the beginning of the Norwegian Oil Boom. Enormous oil and gas deposits are discovered in the North Sea and the authorities aim to bring the oil ashore through a pipeline from depths of 500 metres. Professional diver Petter (Hennie) is obsessed with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea, and is one of very few, along with his brother Knut, with the skill, discipline, strength and courage to take on this highly dangerous mission. But a sudden, tragic accident changes everything, sending Petter on a perilous journey on which he loses sight of who’s pulling the strings. Gradually he realizes that he is in way over his head and that his life is at stake.
Elizabeth Cantillon is overseeing the project for Sony. The original thriller starred Wes Bentley, Stephen Lang and Aksel Hennie.’
There’s no news on when we might see the remake, although the original hits UK cinemas in April.