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November 22 Pitt, Warner Bros Team to Adapt Sci-Fi YA Novel ‘Illuminae’

The book is drawing praise for the unique way it tells its story. The format is like a dossier of found documents, texts, instant messages, ship schematics, casualty lists and classified files.
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The book is drawing praise for the unique way it tells its story. The format is like a dossier of found documents, texts, instant messages, ship schematics, casualty lists and classified files.
Warner Bros. and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment have teamed up to adapt Illuminae, a new YA sci-fi novel from award-winning authors Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

Pitt will produce along with his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner.

The book just hit shelves in October, drawing rave reviews for its unique take on the genre and landing immediately on the New York Times Young Adult Hardcover Bestseller list in its first week.

Told through a dossier of found documents, texts, instant messages, ship schematics, casualty lists and classified files, the story tells of a teenage hacker and her fighter pilot ex-boyfriend, struggling with their broken relationship while they unearth a conspiracy surrounding an intergalactic war that has them dealing with an enemy race, rogue artificial intelligence and a deadly virus (whew!).

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November 10 Netflix, Brad Pitt’s Plan B Board Korea’s ‘Okja’

Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment company and streaming video service Netflix have joined as backers of Korean monster movie “Okja.” Netflix is investing, Plan B is co-producing.

The film is directed by Bong Joon-ho who previously broke new ground with futuristic “Snowpiercer,” a Korean-made English-language picture with a stellar cast of British, American and Korean actors.

Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Bill Nighy and Kelly MacDonald have now confirmed their appearances in “Okja.”

The film is one of the first feature movies in Asia to be backed by Netflix, which is in the process of rolling out services across the vast region. (It has previously financed the Weinstein Company-produced TV series “Marco Polo” which was shot in Malaysia and is backing “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2”.) Netflix is expected to launch in South Korea in 2016.

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September 25 van Groeningen to direct Beautiful Boy for New Regency and Plan B

Felix van Groeningen (The Broken Circle Breakdown) is to direct Beautiful Boy, an American feature produced by New Regency and Brad Pitt’s Plan B. Van Groeningen is currently finishing post-production on his fifth feature, Belgica, which is scheduled for an early 2016 release.

Based on the book ‘Beautiful Boy: A Fathers’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction’ by David Sheff and ‘Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines’ by his son Nic, it is a story of meth addiction and recovery seen through the eyes of a father as he watches his son struggle with the disease.
Brad Pitt is producing Beautiful Boy through his production company Plan B, together with New Regency, which has recently been responsible for such films as Birdman and Gone Girl. Luke Davies (Candy, Life) is currently working on the script; no cast names have been announced so far.

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August 29 Pitt sets pulses racing in sleepy Greyabbey village as filming picks up pace

Hollywood A-listers, catering, security, hundreds of trucks and even a pack of baying fox hounds, that’s what it takes to film The Lost City of Z in Co Down

They arrived under cover of darkness, a rumbling crowd of anonymous white vans, interspersed with Land Rovers, jeeps and catering trucks, packed with riggers, runners and security guards.

The cavalcade made its way along the winding country roads from Belfast to Greyabbey on beautiful Strangford Lough.

They edged along Newtownards Rd, too heavy for the little village and a bad bend at quaint Orange Tree House.

And finally parked up military fashion on farm land.

It was only as daylight broke that they could see the stunning surroundings of a piece of land rising out of the mist – they were at an island, or as locals call it, T’Island.

And bang in the middle of this remote beauty spot they could see a little white washed cottage with no electric or running water.

But it was here that Hollywood A-list Brad Pitt had agreed to film scenes for his movie, The Lost City of Z.

And for more than three days they camped out, enduring wind, rain, hail and just a little sunshine until filming came to an end on Friday morning.

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August 29 ‘Lewis And Clark’ With Will Resume Shooting Next Spring

With production halted, and director John Curran (“The Painted Veil,” “Stone,” “Tracks”) and DP Rob Hardy (“Ex Machina,” “Tracks,” “Testament Of Youth”) booted for “creative reasons,” HBO probably had every reasonable right to look at “Lewis And Clark” and determine that maybe it’s best just to shutter the whole thing. It wouldn’t be the first time they’ve halted a show midstream (please see David Fincher’s “Videosyncrazy”) but it seems they’ve got faith the ship can be turned around.

Deadline reports that production will resume on the show next spring in Calgary, when weather will be more hospitable to the show which had been going through a “rough shoot” this summer. Produced by Brad Pitt and Tom Hanks, the six-hour miniseries starring Casey Affleck and Matthias Schoenaerts is adapted from the book “Undaunted Courage” by Stephen E. Ambrose, and follows the explorers Lewis and Clark on their journey down the Missouri River. Whatever was going wrong previously, it seems HBO believes that the foundation is strong enough to revive things next year.

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August 25 A24 Teams With Brad Pitt’s Plan B for ‘Moonlight’

Three-year-old A24 is partnering with Brad Pitt’s Plan B and Adele Romanski to produce and finance coming-of-age story “Moonlight.”

Barry Jenkins will direct from his own his script, based on the Tarell McCraney play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue.” The movie is set in Miami during the war on drugs.

A24 is financing and owns worldwide rights with filming to take place in Miami in the fall. Jenkins directed 2009’s “Medicine for Melancholy.”

A24 announced in June that it was producing real-estate drama “The Liar’s Ball” with director J.C. Chandor, Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb. A24’s top box office performers have been “Ex Machina,” which has crossed $25 million domestically, and James Franco’s “Spring Breakers,” which grossed $14 million in 2013.

It also teamed with DirecTV to release release movies exclusively on the satellite TV provider before they hit theaters, including Ryan Reynolds’ “Mississippi Grind”; Charlize Theron’s thriller “Dark Places”; the Aubrey Plaza-starrer “Life After Beth”; Atom Egoyan’s “Captive,” starring Reynolds; and Julius Avery’s directorial debut, “Son of a Gun,” with Ewan McGregor and Brenton Thwaites.

“We are extremely proud to be involved with this heartfelt, groundbreaking film,” said A24 in a statement. “The opportunity to work with Barry, one of the most talented and daring contemporary directors, and Plan B, who consistently provide a home for filmmakers, is very exciting. We look forward to the collaboration.”

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August 20 ‘Lost City Of Z’ begins production

James Gray’s long-gestating adventure has commenced shooting in Belfast and stars Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland.

MICA Entertainment finances Lost City Of Z, while Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner produce via Plan B alongside Anthony Katagas and Dale Johnson.

MadRiver Pictures’ Marc Butan serves as executive producer with MICA’s Julie B May and Glenn Murray. Sierra/Affinity represents international sales and CAA handles US rights.

The film, based on David Grann’s novel about an explorer who went missing in the Brazilian Amazon in the 1920s, is expected to shoot for five weeks in Belfast before relocating to Colombia throughout September and October.

The project has circled for years. Lotus Entertainment’s previous incarnation Inferno Entertainment introduced it to the market in Cannes in 2010, when Pitt was lined up to star.

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August 20 Tom Holland Joins ‘Lost City Of Z’

Tom Holland, who will suit up as Peter Parker in Sony’s Spider-Man reboot being directed by Jon Watts, will take on another adventure first, joining the cast of Lost City Of Z, the big-screen adaptation of David Grann’s bestselling book. Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller and Robert Pattinson star in the pic, which follows conscripted soldier and born explorer Percy Fawcett (Hunnam) who disappeared in the 1920s while searching for a mythical city in the Amazon jungles of Brazil that he believed he discovered on a prior expedition. James Gray wrote and is directing the movie, which began shooting today in Belfast before moving to Colombia through the fall.

MICA Entertainment is financing the pic, and Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner are producing via their Plan B Entertainment along with Anthony Katagas and Dale Johnson. MadRiver Pictures’ Marc Butan is executive producing as are MICA’s Julie B. May and Glenn Murray. Sierra/Affinity is repping international sales and CAA has domestic rights to the film.

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August 07 HBO Looks For New ‘Lewis & Clark’ Director

HBO is looking for a new director on its “Lewis & Clark” miniseries, which has shut down production in Canada.

Director John Curran, who co-wrote part of the mini, has exited the project, HBO confirmed. News of the shutdown and director switch was first reported by Deadline. “Lewis & Clark” stars Casey Affleck and Matthias Schoenaerts as the famed 19th century explorers who went on a remarkable three-year journey to map the western United States.

“Lewis & Clark,” which has been long in the works at HBO, has a glossy pedigree as a co-production of Tom Hanks’ Playtone banner, Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment and National Geographic Studios.

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July 30 Disney’s Feast Director Takes the Battling Boy Movie!

Patrick Osborne has signed on to direct Paramount Pictures’ Battling Boy movie!. The Tracking Board has the news, reporting that the Academy Award winning director of Walt Disney Animation’s short film “Feast” will helm the big screen adaptation of Paul Pope‘s acclaimed graphic novel.

Published in 2013, Battling Boy was named one of NPR’s best books of that year. It is official described as follows:

Monsters roam through Arcopolis, swallowing children into the horrors of their shadowy underworld. Only one man is a match for them – the genius vigilante Haggard West.

Unfortunately, Haggard West is dead.

Arcopolis is desperate, but when its salvation comes in the form of a twelve-year-old demigod, nobody is more surprised than Battling Boy himself.

It’s time to meet an electrifying new hero.

Set up through Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment, the Battling Boy movie will be produced by Sarah Esberg and Jeremy Kleiner.

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