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Brad Pitt’s Plan B Is Said in Deal Talks With France’s Mediawan

Actor Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment, the production company behind films like Moonlight and The Big Short, is in talks to sell a significant stake to French media conglomerate Mediawan, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

The company has received bids from a few potential investors, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private negotiations. Mediawan, which has been backed by KKR & Co., is the front-runner. Plan B is expected to make a final decision in the next couple of weeks. Talks could still fall apart, and another bidder could still win.

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Brad Pitt’s Plan B Seeking Potential Buyer

Plan B — the Oscar-winning banner run by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner — is seeking a potential buyer. The Moonlight and Minari shingle has tapped Moelis & Co. to shop for a buyer or potential investors.

Moelis & Co. declined to comment. Plan B reps could not be reached for comment.

Plan B has become an awards season regular with credits that include 12 Years a Slave, Selma and The Big Short, along with blockbuster titles like World War Z. This year, the company is behind MGM’s Women Talking, Universal’s She Said, Netflix’s Blonde and HBO Max’s Father of the Bride. (Plan B was started in the early 2000s by Pitt and then-wife Jennifer Aniston, with Pitt taking over the company after the couple divorced.)

In TV, Plan B’s credits include HBO’s The Normal Heart and Amazon’s The Underground Railroad, which reunited the company with Moonlight director Barry Jenkins.

Plan B has a first-look deal for TV with Amazon Studios and a features deal with MGM.

This news of Plan B’s search for a potential buyer comes as top-tier Hollywood production banners are courting big bucks for outright acquisitions and major numbers for equity investments.

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Film Exec Emily Wolfe Joins Plan B Entertainment

Film industry veteran Emily Wolfe has joined Plan B Entertainment’s film division as it continues to expand its prolific slate of films.

“We are excited to have Emily join our team as we look towards the future of our company, and the continued building of our feature-film slate. She will be a welcome addition to our growing company,” Plan B Entertainment’s Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner said Thursday.

Wolfe most recently served as co-producer on the Millie Bobby Brown fantasy film Damsel. A former Netflix executive, she worked for four years on films including The King, Rebecca, Let It Snow, Earthquake Bird, The Midnight Sky, Yes Day and Paul Thomas Anderson’s one-reeler Anima. She began her career working for Lindsay Doran and Stacey Snider.

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Plan B Moves to Annapurna, Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney Movie as First Project

Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment has signed a three-year production deal with Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, the company announced Thursday.

Plan B was previously set up at New Regency. As part of the deal, Plan B’s untitled Dick Cheney biopic starring Christian Bale, will move with the company to Annapurna.

The project reunites the company with Adam McKay, the awarding winning director and co-writer of “The Big Short.” McKay is also producer on the film alongside his Gary Sanchez partners Will Ferrell and Kevin Messick.

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Executive producer Brad Pitt makes his Lego Masters debut

Brad Pitt, an executive producer of Fox’s Lego Masters since its inception, has yet to make an appearance on the show — until now.

In the season 3 trailer of the brick-building competition series, debuting exclusively on EW, Pitt makes his debut — as a minifig, naturally.

In the clip, the minifig (that’s short for minifigure — Lego speak for the little non-brick Lego characters) representing host Will Arnett walks up to Pitt and asks him what he’s doing here. Pitt’s minifig points out he’s the executive producer, and whips out his Lego phone to tell someone presumably involved in the production to “make it better.”

The trailer, which was just shown at the Lego panel at San Diego Comic-Con, includes Chris Pratt and former NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon also making their debut on the Lego Masters stage.

Season 3 of Lego Masters debuts on Fox Sept. 21, immediately after the season 8 premiere of The Masked Singer, from 9-10 p.m. ET/PT.

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Apple Confirms Deal For Brad Pitt Formula One Film From ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Director Joseph Kosinski

Apple Studios has locked in its deal to acquire Top Gun: Maverick helmer Joseph Kosinski’s Formula One racing film, starring Academy Award winner Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood). The streamer entered exclusive negotiations to pick up the project back in January, as we told you first.

The as-yet-untitled film will have Pitt playing a driver who comes out of retirement to compete alongside a rookie against the titans of his sport.

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Naomi Ackie, Toni Collette And Mark Ruffalo Join Robert Pattinson In Bong Joon Ho’s Next Film

Bong Joon Ho’s follow-up film to his Oscar-winning Parasite is gaining quite the ensemble, as sources tell Deadline that Toni Collette and Mark Ruffalo (whose deals are in final negotiations), along with Naomi Ackie, are joining Robert Pattinson in Bong’s next feature at Warner Bros. The untitled film is based on the novel Mickey7 by Edward Ashton.

Bong will write, direct and produce for his production company Offscreen, alongside Kate Street Picture Company’s Dooho Choi and Plan B’s Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, as part of the latter’s overall deal with Warner Bros. The film reteams Bong and Choi with Brad Pitt’s Plan B following their successful collaboration on the director’s 2017 film Okja.

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López to Adapt LGBTQ History Bestseller ‘The Deviant’s War’ as Amazon Limited Series (EXCLUSIVE)

Amazon Studios and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment are developing a limited series based on “The Deviant’s War: The Homosexual vs. The United States of America,” historian Eric Cervini’s New York Times bestseller. The book tells the story of Frank Kameny, a Department of Defense astronomer in the 1950s who became a leading figure in the fight for LGBTQ civil rights when he sued the federal government after being fired because he was gay.

Tony-winning playwright Matthew López (“The Inheritance”) is set to adapt, Variety has exclusively learned.

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Nia DaCosta Set to Adapt Ta-Nehisi Coates’ ‘The Water Dancer’ for MGM

Nia DaCosta is confirmed to direct the film adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ debut novel “The Water Dancer” for MGM, as reported on April 18.

“The Water Dancer” follows Young Hiram Walker, who was born into bondage, per an official synopsis. As a child, Hiram loses his mother and, over time, all memory of her. Now a young man, Hiram almost drowns when he crashes a carriage into a river, but is saved from the depths by a mysterious power he never realized he had and struggles to understand.

Author Coates co-produces with Maceo-Lyn along with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment.

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