George Clooney and Brad Pitt sign upcoming thriller, sparking studio bidding war

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Frequent collaborators George Clooney and Brad Pitt are currently set to star in an untitled film.

The longtime friends are involved in the production of a thriller that will be written and directed by Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The outlet also estimated that, based on the strength of the industry and the artists’ connections, they are each considering a potential payment of over $ 20 million for their work on the project.

Future project: George Clooney and Brad Pitt are on the verge of raking in serious salaries after launching a bidding war on their next project; the first is photographed in 2015

While details on the project are scarce, the film will tentatively focus on two fixer-uppers who are each assigned to the same high-stakes job.

Clooney, 60, and Pitt, 57, will also be producers through their respective companies, Smokehouse Pictures and Plan B Entertainment.

Watts is also expected to be used in the same capacity for the highly anticipated project.

The media reported that Sony, Lionsgate, Apple and Netflix are the first to take on the film.

They also noted that Amazon, Annapurna, Universal, MGM, and Warner Bros. also argued over the rights to the project.

The currently untitled feature does not yet have a planned release date.

Clooney and Pitt notably collaborated on the well-received series of Ocean films, which served to popularize the heist genre around the world.

The feature films directed by Steven Soderbergh were based on the 1960 feature film Ocean’s 11, which starred several members of the Rat Pack, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.

Do their thing: Clooney and Pitt have both starred in the hit series Ocean's;  the pair seen in Ocean's 11

Do their thing: Clooney and Pitt have both starred in the hit series Ocean’s; the pair seen in Ocean’s 11

The Up In The Air star portrayed the series’ main character, Danny Ocean, while the lead role of Inglourious Basterds played his right-hand man, Rusty Ryan, in the franchise’s first three films.

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The hit films all featured ensemble cast members who included Andy Garcia, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, and Bernie Mac.

Neither appeared in the all-female spinoff film Ocean’s Eight, released in 2018.

Clooney and Pitt both appeared in the 2002 spy film Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, though the latter was only onscreen for a brief period.

Cast of the Set: Matt Damon, Bernie Mac and Julia Roberts were among the other frequently seen performers in the franchise;  Roberts and Clooney seen in Ocean's 11

Cast of the Set: Matt Damon, Bernie Mac and Julia Roberts were among the other frequently seen performers in the franchise; Roberts and Clooney seen in Ocean’s 11

They also starred in the 2008 crime comedy film Burn After Reading, directed by the Coen brothers.

The film was well received upon its release, and the Once Upon A Time in Hollywood actor was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work on the film.

During an interview with Howard Stern, Clooney opened up about a good-humored prank war that had been going on between him and Pitt for several years.

The artist pointed out that during the filming of Ocean’s Twelve, his partner placed posters around the production area in Como that asked viewers to treat the movie star as if he was constantly in character.

He then noted that Jimmy Kimmel later offered him stationery with Pitt’s information, and in retaliation for his treatment in Italy, he began sending bogus letters to other artists.

Clooney then noted that after receiving dozens of CDs with various accents, he sent them back to Meryl Streep with his friend’s name attached to the package.

The performer also added a letter, supposedly from Pitt, where he noted that the recordings could help her with her impression of Margaret Thatcher for her role in The Iron Lady.

Disturb: Clooney and Pitt have been involved in a good-natured prank war for several years;  the first is pictured in 2011

Disturb: Clooney and Pitt have been involved in a good-natured prank war for several years; the first is pictured in 2011

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