Nick Rosen | |
Clooney preps for next big off-grid movie

George Clooney’s next Directing gig may be a based-on-a-true-story about a former Treasury Department official Neel Kashkari , who leaves Wall Street to live off the grid in Northern California.  He moves into a cabin in Nevada County with his wife, living an outdoor life, and says things like “All this is bigger than $700 billion.”

Mark Cuban’s 2929 Entertainment optioned the rights to the news article “The $700 Billion Man” in the Washington Post by Laura Blumenfeld about Kashkari, who went from the stress of literally running TARP Washington to a cabin in Nevada County’s Grass Valley.

As interim assistant secretary for financial stability, Kashkari had to defend multibillion-dollar cash injections in hearings on Capitol Hill. Constituents were losing their jobs and homes; Kashkari became the object of free-floating recession rage. He sat for five oversight hearings, whose headlines ran from “Lawmakers Slam Kashkari!” to “Congressman Calls Kashkari ‘A Chump.’ ” In one House session, Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) opened with a round of criticism, and then a Republican finished him off, suggesting that Kashkari resign.

“I wasn’t prepared for their hostility,” Kashkari told the Post.  By then he had disbursed more than $400 billion, invested in 540 banks, implemented a $50 billion foreclosure prevention plan. He made People magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive” issue.

Clooney would be a great choice to explore a man living off the grid after a significantly stressful time. One imagines this could be a lot like Sean Penn’s Into the Wild. Clooney has tackled a wide variety of projects from behind the camera and being able to do something like this would be challenging for him.

 

Buy our book - OFF THE GRID - a tour of American off-grid places and people written by Nick Rosen, editor of the off-grid.net web site

One Response to “Clooney to take off-grid project”

  1. Joe

    George, I am currently working on a power generation system that uses HHO the most abundant and clean fuel source we have on the earth. I hold two patents that are in the road and home building trades. I am currently working on an HHO motor that compl0-ements Stan Meyer’s water fuel cell. 85% of the design is complete, and I am looking for additional funding to finish this project. please check my background if you have any reservations. I realize that it is not customary to meet in person so an email will do if you and others are interested in really solving the energy dilemma. I have some personal funding that if matched by others would truly bring our country into the 21st century. I am a student of Stan, Nikola, and the internet or public library. Please respond when you have thoroughly checked Water fuel cell.com and other related sites.
    Courage and passion have always made the world a better place.
    Joe

    Reply

Leave a Reply