Back when Fidel Castro was a younger man, trying hard to overthrow the mustache-twirling Fulgencio Batista and declare Cuba free from his tyranny, an American named William Alexander Morgan apparently helped him with the cause. According to the extensive “New Yorker” profile from writer David Grann, Morgan was only the second non-Cuban to earn the title of Comandante – the other being T-shirt logo Che Guevara.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, George Clooney and Grant Heslov have optioned the article, “The Yankee Comandante,” to produce as a directorial project for Clooney.
It probably won’t be soon though. Clooney is attached to several other projects as an actor and director. However, it’s a fascinating topic – and Grann’s writing is thorough and engrossing. Morgan is a complicated figure – one in the middle of three governments, trying to stay alive during brutal fighting and to maintain his very existence. Give the piece a read and tell me that won’t make a hell of a moving picture. Plus, with Clooney’s background, he’s more than qualified to bring it to life. Hopefully this comes sooner rather than later.