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Director Grant Heslov is only just unveiling his second feature film, The Men Who Stare At Goats, to North America, but he already has another collaboration with frequent partner-in-film George Clooney in the works.

Heslov, who co-wrote Good Night, and Good Luck with Clooney, is producing a new film starring Clooney and directed by Anton Corbijn, the Dutchman known as much for directing bands like U2 and Nirvana as for his films, which include the black-and-white Ian Curtis biopic Control.

"It's a little bit under wraps, but it takes place in Italy," Heslov said, and it will be shot in colour.

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The Internet Movie Database suggests the film will be called A Very Private Gentleman and will follow an assassin on one last job.

Also of note is that the eerie subject matter of The Men Who Stare At Goats -- a hilarious and semi-true account of a secret psychic unit in the U.S. military -- wasn't entirely novel to Heslov.

"I used to be obsessed with this radio show, the Art Bell Show. It was about the paranormal, from like 11 or 12 at night to five in the morning. I used to not sleep very well, so I would just stay up listening to it," Heslov said. "He had a couple of people from the military who remote-viewed, so I became sort of fascinated."

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