Brad Pitt is everywhere these days, from revealing interviews in the New York Times Magazine to Oscar parties to support “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” But he’s also a top producer, a partner with Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner in Plan B. The respected trio will accept the coveted David O. Selznick Achievement Award — recognizing an outstanding body of work in motion pictures — at the 2020 Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.
Plan B is behind a raft of distinctive film and television projects; Pitt, Kleiner and Gardner place a premium on developing emerging talent and ignoring commercial concerns. This unconventional strategy has yielded Best Picture winners “12 Years a Slave” and “Moonlight,” and Oscar-winners “If Beale Street Could Talk,” starring Regina King, and “The Big Short,” as well as Oscar-nominated “Vice,” “Selma” and “The Tree of Life.” Other films include Pitt-starrers “Ad Astra” and “World War Z” (which has a sequel in the works), “The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” directed by Joe Talbot, Netflix’s “The King,” starring Timothee Chalamet, and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”
They are currently in post-production on “Blonde,” directed by Andrew Dominik and starring Ana de Armas for Netflix, and Minari, directed by Lee Isaac Chung and starring Steven Yeun for A24.
The producing trio will accept the honor at the Jan. 18 ceremony.
The Producers Guild of America will give the David O. Selznick Achievement Award to Plan B’s Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner at the 2020 Producers Guild Awards.
The prize, named after the Oscar-winning producer of Gone With the Wind and Rebecca, is given to producers for their “outstanding body of work in motion pictures.” Past recipients have included Barbara Broccoli, Jerry Bruckheimer, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Steven Spielberg and last year’s honoree Kevin Feige.
Plan B has produced a number of Academy Award-winning films over its 18-year run, including best picture winners 12 Years a Slave and Moonlight. Other Oscar nominations for the company include their movies Vice, The Big Short, Selma, If Beale Street Could Talk and The Tree of Life.
“For nearly two decades, Plan B has been at the forefront of bringing unique and compelling stories that inspire, motivate and connect to diverse audiences,” PGA presidents Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher said Thursday in a joint statement. “Their devotion to tackling some of America’s most timely topics with a fresh perspective and distinct voice in their storytelling is vital to raising the bar of the art and craft of filmmaking.”
Netflix has released the final trailer for writer-director David Michod’s The King, featuring Academy Award-nominated actor Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) and Robert Pattinson (The Batman) as their characters face off in the Battle of Agincourt. The film will be available for streaming on November 1, exclusively on Netflix. Check out the video in the player below!
Based on literary icon William Shakespeare’s plays Henry IV Part 1, Henry Part 2, and Henry V, The King is a modern-day Shakespearean adaptation from the screenwriting duo Michod and Golden Globe nominee Joel Edgerton, who’ve worked together on Animal Kingdom. It will follow the story of Hal, a wayward prince, who ascends to the English throne upon his father’s death, and must navigate the palace snake pit, and inherited war and chaos.
EXCLUSIVE: Amber Gray, Broadway’s Tony Award-nominated Hadestown star, has been cast in a supporting role in Amazon’s upcoming limited series The Underground Railroad, now in production.
Gray will portray Gloria Valentine, described as a daughter of a slave and plantation owner/master. Gray continues her Tony-nominated role in the Anaïs Mitchell musical Hadestown at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre.
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) is directing the adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, from Jenkins’ PASTEL and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment.
The story centers on young Cora (Thuso Mbedu), a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia who learns about the Underground Railroad from Caesar (Aaron Pierre), a recent arrival from Virginia; both decide to escape.
As previously announced, Ana de Armas will play the Some Like It Hot actress, leading a cast that will include Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale and Julianne Nicholson.
Jackie actor Caspar Phillipson, Toby Huss, Sara Paxton and David Warshofsky will also appear in the feature, along with Lily Fisher (General Hospital), Evan Williams (Versailles) and Xavier Samuel (Adore).
The Assassination of Jesse James’ Andrew Dominik wrote and will direct the movie.
Blonde is based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates that boldly reimagined the private story of the world’s most famous sex symbol. The film is a fictional portrait of the model, actress and singer during the ’50s and ’60s told through the modern lens of celebrity culture.
Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner are producing for Plan B, along with Tracey Landon and Scott Robertson.
Reality show competitions have reached a zenith in recent years, covering everything from cosplay to cake decorating to glass blowing. Now, we can add Lego constructing to that list. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox has handed out a series order for Lego Masters, an upcoming reality show series.
The show will follow twelve teams of two brick-builders, as they go head-to-head in ambitious challenges. Each episode will follow one pair progress to the next round, with the finale seeing three teams squaring off for “the ultimate Lego trophy”. It is currently unknown how many episodes will be part of the first season.
“Lego Masters has everything you want in a reality competition: an incredibly quirky and unique twist on a brand revered by billions of people, exciting team-based battles driven by creativity and a premise that’s ultra-family friendly,” Rob Wade, president of alternative at Fox, said. “It’s bold, fun and unlike anything else on television, and we’re thrilled to bring Lego Masters to American fans.”
Amazon Studios has scored the rights to Brian K. Vaughan’s best-selling graphic novel series “Paper Girls” and has handed out a TV series commitment for the property.
The series follows four young girls who, while out delivering papers on the morning after Halloween in 1988, become unwittingly caught in a conflict between warring factions of time-travellers. This sends them on an adventure through time that will save the world.
As they travel between our present, the past, and the future – they encounter future versions of themselves and now must choose to embrace or reject their fate.
Legendary Television (“Lost In Space,” “Carnival Row”) and Brad Pitt’s company Plan B will produce the series with “Toy Story 4” co-writer Stephany Folsom to pen the adaptation. She and Vaughan will executive produce.