September 25, 2012
by admin / plan b Projects

The past two days have been bookended by news from the front of Brad Pitt’s literary land-grab. Yesterday the Weinstein Company announced it had shifted the release date of “Killing Them Softly,” an adaptation of George V. Higgins’ Cogan’s Trade starring and produced by Pitt, to an Oscar-optimizing November 30. And word just got out that Pitt has been quietly developing an adaptation of IBM and the Holocaust, Edwin Black’s bestselling investigation into the computer conglom’s role assisting the Nazis to target Jews.

Perhaps literary evangelism is the most apt analogy for Pitt’s zeal for using his box office muscle to move challenging literary prizewinners from the rarefied microbrew-and-kale-salad haunts of the McSweeney’s generation to anyone within reach of a multiplex or the cable remote. Over the past decade, Pitt has undergone a self-generated conversion from matinee idol to serious-minded producer-actor and hardcore bibliophile, whose taste for ambitious, thought-provoking book-based material could give Scott Rudin — the Godfather of page-to-screen prestige pictures — a run for his money.

Read more. Thanks Gabriella. Interesting article, I must say.

August 17, 2012
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The Tiger was pitched to us two years ago as the chance for Brad Pitt and Darren Aronofsky to reunite after they failed to get their version of The Fountain off the ground. Pitt and Aronofsky are indeed producing—along with Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Mark Heyman, and Ari Handel—but that may be the limit of their involvement. Deadline reports Michael R. Roskam (Bullhead) will direct The Tiger, an adaptation of the book by John Vaillant. The script by Guillermo Arriaga (Babel) “takes place on the Siberian plain, where humans encroach on a tiger’s habitat with tragic results.” The lead role is an animal activist who must figure out how to stop the tiger that is slaughtering the villagers. Pitt initially eyed that role, but the new report only mentions him as a producer.

The Tiger will be the English-language debut for the Belgian director, who is riding a wave of buzz ever since his first feature, Bullhead, earned a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nomination last year. Roskam reportedly turned down many offers before saying yes to Focus Features for The Tiger. Hit the jump for the book synopsis.

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June 3, 2012
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Brad Pitt has come onboard to produce Andrew Dominik’s long-gestating $20 million drama about Marilyn Monroe.

Based on the imaginary Monroe memoirs “Blonde” by Joyce Carol Oates, the story is said to look at the “imagined inner life of the iconic actress”.

Naomi Watts was previously attached to play Monroe when the project was setup at Wild Bunch, but the film is now a whole different incarnation.

Pitt tells 24 Frames that “We’re going to get this one done” and adds that it is uncertain right now if he will take a role in the movie as well. Shooting could begin as early as the start of next year.

Pitt and Dominik previously worked together on both “The Assassination of Jesse James” and the upcoming “Killing Them Softly”.

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May 27, 2012
by admin / family plan b

The father-of-six – who recently said he and fiancee Angelina Jolie had been too busy to set a date for their wedding – has been in Cannes promoting his new film Killing Them Softly, but admitted he is ready to have a break from work.

Brad said: “It just doesn’t happen back to back to back. You need time off to refuel and to be inspired again. There’s no greater inspiration than family.”

He added: “Right now, I’m just attracted to being a dad. Film-wise, we get to do this thing and I feel very fortunate to get to do this. So I want to contribute to the art form. I think the films have to speak to our time and be authentic in their approach.”

The 48-year old actor – who runs production company Plan B, which produced Killing Them Softly – added that he is looking to spend more time behind the camera.

He said: “I’m focusing more on producing this year than getting in front of the camera.”

Brad added that he’s particularly excited about producing the next film from Shame director Steve McQueen.

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April 24, 2012
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The Hunger Games starlet may take the lead role in the big-screen adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle: A Memoir, which had a record-breaking stint on the New York Times best-seller list for a memoir, reported Deadline.

She is expected to portray the author, a gossip columnist who had a difficult childhood with her “dysfunctional but vibrant” family in the upcoming drama, which is being written by Marti Noxon.

The rights to the 2005 book were originally picked up by Paramount Pictures and Brad Pitt’s Plan B productions, but it is thought that Lionsgate now has the rights.

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April 10, 2012

New Regency is in talks to co-finance and distribute (through its output deal with 20th Century Fox) the Steve McQueen-directed Twelve Years A Slave, an adaptation of the Solomon Northup memoir originally published in 1853. Chiwetel Ejiofor will play Northup, and Michael Fassbender will reunite with Shame director McQueen. Fassbender will play a plantation owner. Brad Pitt will play a Northern lawyer who helps free Northup and he and his Plan B banner will produce the film.

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