George Clooney and Grant Heslov to Produce Remake of Norwegian Thriller PIONEER for Sony

     February 12, 2014


While their film The Monuments Men is currently playing in theaters, George Clooney and Grant Heslov will set their sights on a new project.  Sony is currently in negotiations to acquire the remake rights for Norwegian thriller Pioneer, with Clooney and Heslov producing through their Smokehouse company.  Directed by Erik Skjoldbjærg and starring Aksel Hennie, Wes Bentley and Stephen Lang, Pioneer centered on a worker laying oil pipeline in the North Sea.  When a tragic accident occurs, he attempts to determine its cause and soon finds himself at the center of a sinister conspiracy.  Hit the jump for more.

THR reports that Clooney and Heslov will produce the Pioneer remake, and stress that Clooney is not attached to direct at this time.  Sony’s Elizabeth Cantillon, Clooney, and Heslov will now look to hire a writer for the English-language remake.  Take a look at the trailer for the Norwegian film below (and don’t worry, there’s no dialogue):


Set in the early 1980s during the Norway’s oil boom, Pioneer follows a man who, along with his brother, is laying pipeline in the North Sea, diving deeper than anyone else had before. When a tragic accident strikes, he tries to get to the bottom of it, realizing he’s in way over his head and that his life is in danger.


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