David Grann had one of his typically wonderful stories published in the New Yorker a couple of weeks ago, and even though all of Grann’s stories are perfectly-polished rubies presented gift-wrapped just for you, this was a particularly stellar piece of writing. “The Yankee Comandante” was about William Alexander Morgan, an American who traveled to Cuba to join Fidel Castro and Che Guevara in their revolution against Batista.
It really is an amazing story, and I highly recommend you set aside some time and read it right now; it particularly wowed me because I am from Florida, and so I really thought I knew enough of the particulars about Castro’s rise to power, and so it blew my mind that there was not only a story I hadn’t heard (this isn’t unique, there are tons of stories and things of which I am unaware), but that this story wasn’t so widely-known already. Seriously, go read it! Right now. I’ll wait.
Anyway, Focus Features is trying to buy the rights to the article, and they want George Clooney to direct and produce a movie version. I normally don’t post things about people buying the rights to articles or studios wanting to hire directors, but in this case I am making an exception because (a) I would love to see a movie version of this story and (b) I think Clooney is an excellent choice for this.
But who knows? It could wind up not happening. This could wind up starring Jim Belushi. Nobody knows. For now, let’s at least bask in the potential.