David Fincher’s ‘Black Hole’ Back On At Brad Pitt’s Plan B, Slate Also Includes New Film From Taika Waititi

Not to be mistaken with the 1979 Disney film turned upcoming Joseph Kosinski remake, author Charles Burns’ “Black Hole” remains one of the great adaptations lying in wait. Published between 1995 and 2005, the highly acclaimed graphic novel drew attention from Hollywood immediately, with Paramount snagging the rights and putting Alexandre Aja to direct and the team of Roger Avary and Neil Gaiman to pen a script. In 2008, David Fincher replaced Aja as helmer, but Gaiman and Avary drifted away shortly thereafter. The project has since become another “what-if?” scenario; one of Fincher’s “lost projects” we hoped he would one day return to. And now looks like Brad Pitt and his production company Plan B is helping to make that happen.

Looking to the future following their Oscar contender “12 Years a Slave,” Pitt’s label Plan B has laid out an ambitious slate of projects (via THR), including the Andrew Dominik-directed Marilyn Monroe biopic, “Blonde,” an adaptation of Michael Hastings’ book “The Operators,” and most notably, a revived version of “Black Hole” with Fincher still attached. Burns’ book follows a group of Seattle teens in the 1970s who contract “The Bug,” an incurable sexually-transmitted disease that causes shocking mutations among them all.

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Robert Pattinson Joins Benedict Cumberbatch in James Gray’s ‘Lost City of Z’

Robert Pattinson Joins Benedict Cumberbatch in James Gray Lost City of Z

David Grann’s acclaimed book serves as the basis for the movie, which Brad Pitt is producing under his Plan B banner

Robert Pattinson will join Benedict Cumberbatch in James Gray’s “The Lost City of Z,” an individual familiar with the long-gestating project has told TheWrap.

Brad Pitt was initially attached to star in the adaptation of David Grann’s acclaimed book, though he’s now strictly producing the film through his Plan B banner along with Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Anthony Katagas.

Read more. That takes Brad out of the cast for WWZ part 2, as I call it.

David Fincher’s ‘Black Hole’ Back On At Brad Pitt’s Plan B

Not to be mistaken with the 1979 Disney film turned upcoming Joseph Kosinski remake, author Charles Burns’ “Black Hole” remains one of the great adaptations lying in wait. Published between 1995 and 2005, the highly acclaimed graphic novel drew attention from Hollywood immediately, with Paramount snagging the rights and putting Alexandre Aja to direct and the team of Roger Avary and Neil Gaiman to pen a script. In 2008, David Fincher replaced Aja as helmer, but Gaiman and Avary drifted away shortly thereafter. The project has since become another “what-if?” scenario; one of Fincher’s “lost projects” we hoped he would one day return to. And now looks like Brad Pitt and his production company Plan B is helping to make that happen.

Looking to the future following their Oscar contender “12 Years a Slave,” Pitt’s label Plan B has laid out an ambitious slate of projects (via THR), including the Andrew Dominik-directed Marilyn Monroe biopic, “Blonde,” an adaptation of Michael Hastings’ book “The Operators,” and most notably, a revived version of “Black Hole” with Fincher still attached. Burns’ book follows a group of Seattle teens in the 1970s who contract “The Bug,” an incurable sexually-transmitted disease that causes shocking mutations among them all.

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Plan B Producer Dede Gardner Talks ’12 Years a Slave,’ ‘World War Z,’ and Partner Brad Pitt

The movie of movies at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival is Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave,” which was nurtured along the way by Plan B producer Dede Gardner and her partner, Brad Pitt, who co-stars in the film with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch. I interviewed Gardner for a TIFF Industry Q & A, below.

Anne Thompson: When you showed the film at Telluride were you worried?

Dede Gardner: Yes. I was always worried. I get really anxious because it’s your life, you know. I’ve had movies that I really love, and no one sees them, so you think, “I could be crazy,” and you don’t know. It’s nerve-wracking, sure.

AT: Here you are at TIFF with “12 Years a Slave.” It’s so powerful and immersive and it puts you through the pain. It doesn’t spare you. How did you get involved?

DG: That was a quintessential case of what we do. We saw “Hunger” and I couldn’t breathe. I thought it was one of the most amazing films I’d seen in a long time. We reached out to Steve McQueen and said, “you don’t know us and you’re new to the system but we want to work with you, and to trust us.” You start talking and feeling out one another’s overlap, where your interests are as human beings and artists and as people who love film. He said, “why don’t you think there’s ever been a movie about the institution of slavery per se? There have been movies about singular events but never one that really presents a survey.” We said we didn’t know. I was troubled at the question and said, “why don’t we try?” So that’s the beginning.

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Brad Pitt Approves Of Charlie Hunnam (As Christian Grey)

The news of Charlie Hunnam’s casting as Christian Grey in the upcoming film adaptation of E L James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” continues to have Hollywood – and fans – buzzing.

And while the fan debate rages on, as to whether Charlie – perhaps best known for his role as Jackson “Jax” Teller on FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” – is the right choice, at least one fellow big screen leading man is lending Charlie his full support.

“I know Charlie, he’s a great guy!” Brad Pitt beamed to Access Hollywood at the Toronto Film Festival, when asked for his thoughts about the “Fifty Shades” casting news.

“He’s a good egg and one of the guys that are putting story and craft first,” Brad continued of Charlie, who many have said looks a lot like Brad. “I hope good things for him.”

In fact, Brad’s production company Plan B is slated to produce a vampire film “Vlad,” for which Charlie wrote the screenplay.

As for Brad, he was in Toronto promoting his new drama “12 Years A Slave,” in which he plays Samuel Bass – a Canadian abolitionist who helps Solomon Northrup (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor) gain his freedom after being kidnapped and sold into slavery in New York in 1841.

“It’s an incredible movie. It’s a very special film, it’s a rare film – it’s why we all get into the business,” Brad said of his new film.

While Brad was busy promoting the film in Toronto, Angelina Jolie was in Australia, along with the couple’s six children.

“Yeah, she’s got her hands full,” Brad joked with Access. “I’m actually jealous.”

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Hulu gives 10-episode order to ‘Deadbeat,’ from Plan B

Hulu is continuing to expand its original programming slate, announcing on Tuesday that they had purchased 10 episodes of half-hour series “Deadbeat,” a supernatural comedy co-produced by Lionsgate and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment.

“Deadbeat” comes from creators Cody Heller and Brett Konner, who previously worked on FX’s “Wilfred.” Set to debut next year, the series focuses on a hapless but gifted male medium who aids New York’s ghosts in settling their unfinished business. Troy Miller (“Flight of the Conchords”) will direct and executive produce all episodes through his Dakota Pictures banner.

“On behalf of the Hulu team, we are very proud to be working with Cody, Brett, Troy and the talented executives of Lionsgate and Plan B on this uniquely funny and imaginative show,” said Charlotte Koh, Hulu’s head of development in a statement. “‘Deadbeat’ is a welcome addition to our growing slate of smart, distinctive original programming.”

With production slated to begin in the fall, “Deadbeat” joins Hulu’s original content slate that includes Seth Meyers’ “The Awesomes” and western comedy “Quick Draw.”

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Ava DuVernay tapped by Brad Pitt’s Plan B to take over Lee Daniels’ ‘Selma’

Ava DuVernay is taking over directing duties of the Martin Luther King Jr feature project that Lee Daniels was once originally attached to helm, but faced a financing wall, and moved on to other projects.

Deadline reports that David Oyelowo, who was to star in Daniels’ project, will stay onboard to play MLK, reuniting with DuVernay (he co-starred in her 2012 acclaimed sophomore effort, Middle Of Nowhere).

Titled Selma, DuVernay was brought onboard to direct the project by Pathe UK, Brad Pitt’s Plan B and producer Christian Colson, who were impressed by her last effort, Middle Of Nowhere.

The feature drama centers on the 1965 landmark voting rights campaign regarded as the peak of the civil rights movement.

DuVernay has reportedly already began scouting locations, and is working over the script with screenwriter Paul Webb, with production aimed to begin sooner than later, given the competition in the form of several other MLK projects, on the horizon.

Daniels’ Selma was reportedly held up because family and close friends of the King estate didn’t approve of the project, which would have highlighted some of King’s vices. No word on whether there’s been a shift, whether in the script, or the attitudes towards it.

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