George Clooney Retells Piece of Cuban History In Upcoming Film, The Yankee Comandante.
Continuing to pad his directorial resume, George Clooney has been tapped to helm yet another dramatic film project. Like his turn with Good Night, Good Luck which chronicled a portion of the life of CBS news reporter Edward R. Murrow, Clooney is again tackling a piece of history. While in the same time period, he is looking beyond U.S. borders and staking claim to Cuban history with the upcoming film, The Yankee Comandate.
The film is based on a recent article published in the New Yorker which tells the story of an American, William Alexander Morgan, who traveled to Cuba to support the efforts of Fidel Castro in over-throwing U.S. backed dictator Fulgencio Batista. Morgan grew in the ranks of the rebel forces and was reportedly the only foreigner besides Argentine Che Guevara to achieve status of Comandante. This strange rise in a foreign guerrilla military got even stranger when Morgan was charged with being a triple agent and found himself in front of a firing squad.
There’s definitely plenty of intrigue and interest in the story…so, there’s real potential. Yet, I’m always a little suspicious of American filmmakers making movies about Latin American countries from a American perspective. Still, I will probably have to check it out despite my reservations. I’m in the process of reading the New Yorker article now, and maybe I’ll have something to say about that pretty soon.
Clooney will produce along with Grant Heslov through their production company, Smokehouse.