George Clooney As Frequent Flier?

There’s word that George Clooney may star in a film adaptation of Walter Kirn’s novel “Up in the Air.” Wouldn’t that be a hoot?

The novel’s protagonist is a traveling consultant obsessed with his frequent-flier miles. He’s in the process of detaching from the earthly world to live in what he calls Airworld, “a nation within a nation, with its own language, architecture, mood, and even its own currency — the token economy of airline bonus miles that I’ve come to value more than dollars.”

I loved the book, even though I’ve never been much of a business traveler. In kinder days I had elite status owing to my leisure travel. So even though I’m no road warrior, I feel a kinship. I have sat among them.

It will be interesting to see, if this project goes forward, how the script deals with all the changes that have occurred in air travel since the book was published in 2001. Business travel ain’t exactly what it used to be …

In any event, George Clooney would be great in the role.


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