George Clooney will be moving his production company Smoke House Pictures from Warner Bros to Sony, which is currently negotiating a two-year deal with the celebrated actor and his production partner Grant Heslov.
For many years, Clooney has been a member of the Warner Bros. family, producing films such as Michael Clayton and Good Night and Good Luck. In the beginning, Clooney’s previous production company Section Eight was partnered with director Steven Soderbergh. But now, Clooney is moving from the Burbank lot to the Culver City lot as he will release his upcoming film Men Who Stare at Goats with Overture Films next year.
Smoke House still has a few projects in development at Warner Bros. and they will remain there with the exception of Men Who Stare at Goats, which will be directed by Heslov.
It’s an odd swap to make considering both studios have had a lot of success this year. Warner Brothers recently released one of the biggest hits of the year, The Hangover and is about to release, Harry Potter. Sony has District 9 coming up and although Year One wasn’t a huge success Angels and Demons definitely brought it some big bucks.
So what’s this move about? Was he just looking to move somewhere closer to home?
What do you think of Clooney’s move from Warner to Sony?