February 29, 2012
by admin / plan b

Moneyball Oscar nominees Brad Pitt, who will produce, and Jonah Hill, who will star, are reuniting once again for True Story, a film that also has James Franco attached to co-star.

The project is based on the memoir by Michael Finkel, a New York Times Magazine journalist who learned in 2002 that his identity was used by serial killer Christian Longo, a fugitive on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List. Michael Finkel was fired by the magazine after Christian Longo was captured in Mexico, until the fugitive revealed that Michael Finkel was the only person he would talk to. Jonah Hill will play Michael Finkel and James Franco is set to portray Christian Longo.

Brad Pitt is only producing True Story with his Plan B partner Dede Gardner, and won’t be acting opposite his Moneyball co-star in the project. Rupert Goold is directing. A screenwriter is not yet attached to adapt Michael Finkel’s book yet.

The project was initially set up at Paramount, but now Plan B Productions is seeking financing elsewhere, with a deal expected to be reached later this week. No production schedule was released for True Story.

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January 24, 2012

Julia Roberts, Alec Baldwin, Matt Bomer and Jim Parsons have joined Ryan Murphy’s (“American Horror Story,” Eat Pray Love, “Glee”) next film, an adaptation of Larry Kramer’s semi-autobiographical play The Normal Heart, says The Hollywood Reporter. The film is being produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B production company. The play is described as follows:

“The Normal Heart” is the explosive drama about our most terrifying and troubling medical crisis today: the AIDS epidemic. It tells the story of very private lives caught up in the heartrendering ordeal of suffering and doom – an ordeal that was largely ignored for reasons of politics and majority morality.”

Mark Ruffalo will play the lead character Ned Weeks. Roberts plays Emma Brookner, “a wheel-chair bound doctor who is one of the only doctors in New York talking the new disease seriously.” Baldwin will play Weeks’ brother, “a lawyer having a hard time dealing with his sibling’s sexuality.” Bomer’s character is Felix Turner, “a gay fashion journalist who becomes Week’s boyfriend and tragically contracts the disease,” while Parsons is reprising his Broadway version of “a Southerner who is a gay activist and part of a gay men’s health crisis group.”

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January 24, 2012

It was back in August when news broke that The Help director Tate Taylor was circling an adaptation of the 2002 novel Peace Like a River, about an 11-year-old asthmatic boy who goes on a cross-country search with his sister and father for his older brother who has been charged with murder, to be produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B. But Pitt’s been waiting longer than that to bring the story to the screen. Peace Like a River was the second project Pitt bought when he started Plan B in 2002. “The first one was The Departed. The second one was this one, and it’s just taken awhile for it to gestate and find the right guy to tell it,” Pitt told us at the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday.

Any chance will be seeing Pitt take the director’s chair anytime soon? “Hell no. Not interested. Not my thing,” he said.

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November 1, 2011
by admin / plan b tree of life

Very few people get to produce movies. Even fewer get to produce films with filmmaker Terrence Malick, who has only made a handful of movies over the past forty years: Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line and The New World.
His latest, the acclaimed drama (and my pick for best film of 2011 so far) The Tree Of Life, arrived on the scene this past May and has now debuted on Blu-ray Disc and DVD from Fox Home Entertainment.

I was fortunate to recently talk on the phone with one of The Tree of Life’s producers, Dede Gardner, about the film, what it meant to her and what it was like to work with Malick.

Thank you for taking the time out to talk to TheHDRoom about The Tree of Life. I just have to start off by saying that I thought this film was the best movie I have seen in years.

Thank you! That is so nice of you to say.

What was it like working with Terrence Malick?

It was a total pleasure, just a pleasure. He’s enormously intelligent, personable, generous, funny and friendly. He’s really down to earth and lovely to spend time with and obviously, insanely gifted. Being a longtime fan of his work, working with him was an added thrill. His decision to live a private life has led people to think that he can’t be a normal guy, but nothing could be further from the truth.

You’re President of Plan B Entertainment (Brad Pitt’s production company). How did you become part of the project? Did it go through Plan B first or was it that Brad Pitt first got the role as the father and Plan B came on board after that?

No, Plan B had been involved with the production of The Tree of Life before the decision had been made to have Brad star in it. Brad and I were talking to Terry and Sarah Green (also a producer on the film) about another project. In the course of that dialogue, Terry started to talk about Tree of Life. It was very obvious that this project was incredibly important to him, was something he was very committed to get made and that it would be difficult to get made. At that point, we jumped on board and told him that we would help in any way we can. Much later on, the decision was made for Brad to be in the film.

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October 26, 2011

Steve McQueen‘s adaptation of Solomon Northup’s autobiography Twelve Years a Slave continues to put together a damn fine cast. Underrated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor signed on in August to play Northup, an educated and married black man living in 1853 New York. Northup was approached by two men about a job offer in Washington D.C., but when he showed up he was kidnapped and forced into slavery. A couple weeks ago, Michael Fassbender signed on to the project and now Screen Daily reports [and the The Playlist confirms] that Brad Pitt has joined the picture.

Pitt has been producing the project for several years through his Plan B shingle, however there are currently no details on his acting role. A successful marketing campaign for Shame should help raise McQueen’s profile and therefore the profile of Slave, but getting a major star like Pitt on board is a major asset when it comes to picking up financing. The movie should have no trouble finding buyers when it goes to the American Film Market next month. Hit the jump for a synopsis of a Northup’s autobiography.

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October 13, 2011

Michael Fassbender and Steve McQueen will be cementing their already strong actor-director partnership on McQueen’s next movie, “Twelve Years a Slave.”

Chiwetel Ejiofor (“Inside Man”) stars in the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man who became enslaved, from a script by McQueen and John Ridley (“Red Tails”). Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment is producing the film, scheduled to start shooting in early 2012. The news of Fassbender’s casting was first reported in Variety.

The details of Fassbender’s “Twelve Years a Slave” role are being kept under wraps, but if the actor’s prior collaborations with McQueen are any indication, he’ll play a character with complex morals.

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