George Clooney is in talks to star in Up in the Air, a movie being adapted and directed by Juno and Thank You for Smoking director Jason Reitman.

Up in the Air (2009)

Reitman apparently has been passionate about the project for over five years, setting it aside to work on his breakout smoking movie and Diablo Cody’s debut script about a pregnant teenager.

Up in the Air (2009) George Clooney waiting on the airport

Up in the Air is a novel by Walter Kirn about a man who is only comfortable in the pressurized cabin of an airplane. He’s on his way to his goal of one million frequent flyer miles. But his life as a “corporate downsizer” is about to change.

It was featured on Amazon’s “Best of 2001” list for fiction. (Side note: Also on the overall list that year was Killing Pablo, a novel also being adapted for the screen next year, plus about four or five others that are all movies now.)

With Reitman’s back-to-back success in the indie circuit, it looks like he’s moving to the big time. DreamWorks has already agreed to distribute the movie and now Clooney may be on board. Things are really happening for this 30-year-old and I’m happy for him. He’s extremely talented and having Clooney even consider it is a huge step towards further success.