December 11, 2018
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 James Gray speaks during the opening ceremony of the Marrakech International Film Festival, in Marrakech, Morocco, 30 November 2018

While at Marrakech Film Festival to preside the jury, James Gray talked about his next film, “Ad Astra,” and shared thoughts on festivals, Netflix and Harvey Weinstein, among other topics.

Gray said he was in the middle of the editing process on “Ad Astra,” a science-fiction film with Brad Pitt, with more than 600 shots to review. “We’re far from finished,” said Gray.

The director pointed out the film was initially scheduled for a release in January and is now set for a May 21 bow.

“I’ve been very insistent because I didn’t want to be up against a release date,” said Gray, who added that he was aware of the fact that “science fiction films (often) have a number of shots that don’t look very good.” He said Pitt was great in the film and “has put a lot of personal commitment” into the movie.

The current release date of “Ad Astra” hints to a world premiere at Cannes Film Festival, which would mark Gray’s return to the Croisette after “The Immigrant,” which premiered in competition there in 2013 and got panned by critics.

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October 28, 2018
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James Gray’s sci-fi feature “Ad Astra” has been pushed back four months and will now open May 24th 2019. Despite being under three months away, no media materials from the film have been released (beyond the above pic) making such a delay easy.

Brad Pitt plays an autistic space engineer travelling through the solar system to find his missing father and understand why his mission failed. Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga and Donald Sutherland co-star.

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September 19, 2018
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20th Century Fox has unveiled our first look at Brad Pitt in Ad Astra, the upcoming sci-fi thriller from The Lost City of Z director James Gray. Although the film is scheduled to be released in January of next year, some awards season columnists have begun speculating that it could be a surprise, last-minute addition to this year’s race.

The film, which was written by Gray and Ethan Gross, follows space engineer Roy McBride (Pitt) as he travels through the solar system to find his father (Tommy Lee Jones) who left on a one-way mission to the planet of Neptune more than 20 years ago in order to find signs of extra-terrestrial intelligence.

While promoting City of Z last year, Gray said that Ad Astra would resemble Joseph Conrad’s 1899 novella Heart of Darkness, a frame narrative about Charles Marlow’s experience as an ivory transporter down the Congo River in Central Africa.

In addition to starring in the film, Pitt is also producing along with his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner and RT Features’ Rodrigo Teixeria, Keep Your Head Productions’ Anthony Katagas, and Gray.

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January 28, 2018


• x017 Misc – 1988.
• x004 Misc – 1989.
• x006 Premieres – 1988, 2015 & 2017.
• x002 Cutting Class.
• x002 A River Runs Through It.
• x002 Ad Astra.

December 27, 2017



• x006 November 17 – Hollywood, CA.
• x015 Ad Astra On set: Los Angeles, CA (10/26/17).
• x001 Ad Astra Other.
• x015 July 22 – FYF Fest, Los Angeles, CA.
• x002 The Late Show w/ Stephen Colbert.
• x008 November 29 – MIT Media Lab – Boston, MA.
• x003 December 01 – OptiMystic: A Pop Up Gallery Exhibit.
• x006 December 02 – Chris Rock Blackout Tour – Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks also Vaska! Lots more soon!

August 21, 2017


• x015 May 23 – War Machine (Press Conference) – Tokyo, Japan.
• x025 May 23 – War Machine – Tokyo, Japan.
• x023 June 08 – Okja – New York City, NY.
• x012 June 23 – Glastonbury Festival – Glastonbury, England.
• x009 Ad Astra – On set.
• x009 War Machine – Stills.

Thanks also Vaska!

August 11, 2017
by admin / Ad Astra

Oscar-nominated actress Ruth Negga will star with Brad Pitt in New Regency’s Ad Astra, James Gray’s upcoming sci-fi epic.

Tommy Lee Jones also is attached to the project, which is described as an adventure film about one man’s journey across a lawless and unforgiving solar system to find his missing father, a renegade scientist who poses a threat to all of mankind.

Negga’s role is being kept under wraps for now.

Gray will direct the feature film from a script he co-wrote with Ethan Gross. New Regency, 20th Century Fox and Bona Film Group are financing the pic. Fox will distribute in the U.S. and internationally in every market except Greater China, where Bona Film Group will distribute.

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June 24, 2017
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EXCLUSIVE: Tommy Lee Jones is in final talks to star with Brad Pitt in Ad Astra, the working title of the futuristic sci-fi epic that James Gray co-wrote and will direct for New Regency. Production begins in September. Details are being kept close to the vest, but here’s what I’ve heard: In Ad Astra (which means “to the stars” in Latin), Pitt would play the slightly autistic space engineer Roy McBride. Twenty years after his father left on a one-way mission to Neptune in order to find signs of extra-terrestrial intelligence, McBride travels through the solar system to find him and understand why his mission failed.

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April 10, 2017
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Filmmaker James Gray has been expanding in scope over the last few years, from the brilliant and haunting period story The Immigrant to the adventure-tinged drama of The Lost City of Z, but back in February word came that Gray was gearing up to expand his horizons considerably by going full sci-fi. Gray co-wrote a film called Ad Astra with Ethan Ross that revolves around a slightly autistic engineer whose father left 20 years ago on a one-way mission to Neptune in order to find signs of extra-terrestrial intelligence. As an adult, he now sets out to travel the solar system to find his father and discover why his mission failed.

With Lost City of Z now hitting theaters, word came that Gray was eyeing Ad Astra—which has been in the works for a year—as his next film, with Brad Pitt potentially starring no less. So when Collider’s own Steve Weintraub spoke with Gray at the press day for Lost City of Z, he asked if Ad Astra is indeed his next project with Pitt in the starring role:

“Yes, yes, and yes. I’m terrified by it. The science-fiction genre is so tricky because there are elements of fantasy usually involved, and there are also fantastical elements. What I’m trying to do is the most realistic depiction of space travel that’s been put in a movie and to basically say, ‘Space is awfully hostile to us.’ It’s kind of a Heart of Darkness story about traveling to the outer edge of our solar system. I have a lot of hopes for it but it is certainly ambitious… It starts shooting July 17th, so not too far away. I’m filled with terror, but that’s fine (laughs).”

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