For their next film, the Coen brothers are tackling a project that's been on their plate for a number of years. The comedic film, called Hail Caesar, centers on a Hollywood "fixer" named Eddie Mannix, according to Deadline, which broke the news this week. As a private eye during the height of the studio system in Hollywood — which saw stars locked up under multi-year contracts with movie studios like MGM — "fixers" like the fictional Mannix served to solve "problems" like scandalous affairs from getting into the public spotlight. Many private eyes played fast and loose with the law to get their jobs done. Showtime's TV series Ray Donovan also covers a Hollywood fixer.
George Clooney's name has long been floated alongside the project, which has been discussed for several years, but Deadline does not mention the star in its latest report. However, in an interview this past December, Ethan Coen said the film is "about the movie business and life and religion and faith. Faith and the movie business." He added, "It's still George [Clooney]." However, the film is still in the very early stages and has not been officially announced.