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Brad Pitt, Disney Developing Immigrant Doctor Movie ‘Dr. Q’

Disney and Brad Pitt’s Plan B are developing “Dr. Q” — a movie based on the life story of an illegal immigrant who became the head of brain tumor surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Matt Lopez, whose credits include the Civil War play “The Whipping Man,” has been tapped to write the screenplay about Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa. Plan B, which is run by Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, began working on the project in 2007 when execs heard about Quinones-Hinajosa on the radio.

Quinones-Hinojosa crossed into the United States from Mexico in the late 1980s when he was 19 and began working on farms in California. He started his education at San Joaquin Delta College and completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of California at Berkeley. He then received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and became a U.S. citizen.

He is currently a professor of neurosurgery and oncology at Johns Hopkins, where he serves as the director of the brain tumor program at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

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Hollywood Flashback: When Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston Launched Plan B Entertainment

Before securing a best picture Oscar (2013’s ’12 Years a Slave’), the production company — created by the stars and Brad Grey in 2001 — endured a change of studio heads and the couple’s very public divorce.

This story first appeared in a special awards season issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Plan B Entertainment might win its second best picture Oscar in three years with The Big Short (after 2013’s 12 Years a Slave), but there was a time when things were not looking so golden for the production company. The name has its roots in a shingle started by Bruce Berman at Warner Bros. after he stepped down as the studio’s worldwide production head in 1996. Eighteen months later, Berman left to head Village Roadshow, and the company went dormant. In 2001, he passed the name on to Brad Grey for a production company Grey was creating at Warners with Brad Pitt and Pitt’s then-wife, Jennifer Aniston.

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Pitt Developing Medical Drama ‘He Wanted the Moon’ With Tony Kushner

Brad Pitt’s Plan B and Cross Creek Pictures are teaming with writer Tony Kushner to develop medical research drama “He Wanted the Moon.”

The project is a co-production with Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson producing with Plan B. The companies have acquired movie rights to the memoir, written by Dr. Perry Baird’s daughter Mimi and Eve Claxton, titled “He Wanted the Moon: The Madness and Medical Genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and His Daughter’s Quest to Know Him.”

Baird was a rising medical star in the late ’20s and ’30s who researched the biochemical root of manic depression, just as he began to suffer from it himself. By the time the results of his groundbreaking experiments were published, he had been institutionalized multiple times and he had become estranged from his family. He later received a lobotomy and died from a seizure.

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Dede Gardner And Jeremy Kleiner: “’The Big Short’ Isn’t A Film For Any One Particular Political Orientation”

Plan B co-presidents Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner are producers operating at the highest level, finding themselves and their films in the awards conversation repeatedly and closing major deals on a regular basis. They won Best Picture for 12 Years A Slave just three years ago, and will be hoping to capitalize on their PGA triumph with The Big Short this year when the AMPAS envelopes get opened on Feb 28. The Big Short has been hailed not only for its humor but for its pressing sociopolitical relevance. Gardner and Kleiner discuss the outcome of the film’s successfully “bipartisan” screening before Congress, the great effects on the world of socially conscious films, and some of the best advice they’ve taken from fellow Plan B producer Brad Pitt.

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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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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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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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