October 3, 2018
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Actor Michael Baldwin has played Mike Pearson, the hero of the Phantasm horror franchise, in four of the series’ five films. The exception was 1988’s Phantasm II, which starred a young James Le Gros, who would go on to appear in Drugstore Cowboy, Living in Oblivion, and Girls. But Mike was almost played by someone who became a much bigger star: Brad Pitt.

Director and Phantasm overlord Don Coscarelli related the tale when he appeared on this week’s installment of Entertainment Weirdly on EW’s Sirius XM channel to discuss his new memoir, True Indie: Life and Death in Filmmaking.

“The studio would not allow Michael Baldwin to have the role [in Phantasm II], so we had to search for other actors,” said Coscarelli. “I was interviewing every hunky male actor in Hollywood. When we did Phantasm III, 10 years later, I brought Michael Baldwin back to play the role, and he reminded me that he had been friends with Jennifer Aniston before she was successful. He said that he was with her and her new boyfriend, and it was Brad Pitt, and he came over to Michael and he said, ‘Hey, you’re the Phantasm guy! I tried out for that movie, and I didn’t get the role.’

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March 10, 2016
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Masters Of Sex star Lizzy Caplan is joining the cast of the untitled film that Robert Zemeckis will direct with Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard from a script by Steven Knight. The film is backed by Paramount Pictures, GK Films and New Regency.

The title and plot are shrouded in secrecy, but I’ve heard that Caplan will play Pitt’s character’s sister.
GK Films’ Graham King is producing the film with ImageMovers’ Zemeckis and Steve Starkey, with Jack Rapke, Knight, Patrick McCormick and Denis O’Sullivan exec producing.

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February 6, 2016
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Jared Harris has joined Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard in Robert Zemeckis’ untitled period spy thriller.

Zemeckis is directing the film from a script by Steven Knight.

Graham King, who first developed the project and brought it to Pitt, will produce alongside Zemeckis and Steve Starkey. The movie will be produced through King’s GK Films banner with New Regency. Executive producers are Knight, Jack Rapke, Patrick McCormick and Denis O’Sullivan.

The pic is set in 1942 and follows a spy (Pitt) who falls in love and marries a French agent (Cotillard) during a dangerous North African mission.

Production is set to start next week in Europe and the film is expected to bow on Nov. 23.

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November 4, 2015
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Robert Zemeckis’ next movie, a sweeping romantic thriller starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, will be released on November 23, 2016, Paramount Pictures said today. The epic project scripted by Steven Knight and produced by Graham King and his GK Films banner is also being produced by Zemeckis and Steve Starkey. Jack Rapke, Knight, Patrick McCormick and Denis O’Sullivan are also listed as EPs.

Zemeckis’ previous collaboration at Paramount was Flight which made $161.8M off a $31M production cost and earned two Oscar nominations for leading actor Denzel Washington and John Gatins’ original screenplay. The director recently released The Walk via Sony/TriStar, and it was one of the adult-title misfires at the fall box office making $10M stateside (The film’s overseas ticket sales are faring better at $28M).

The logline for the new movie is being kept under wraps, but has been billed as a big-scale spy thriller.

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June 10, 2015
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Marion Cotillard is in negotiations to co-star with Brad Pitt in Paramount, New Regency and Graham King’s untitled period spy thriller.

Robert Zemeckis is directing the pic from a script by Steven Knight.

King, who first developed the project and brought it to Pitt, will produce alongside Zemeckis and Steve Starkey. The project will be produced through King’s GK Films banner with New Regency. Executive producers are Knight, Jack Rapke, Patrick McCormick and Denis O’Sullivan.

The logline for Knight’s script is being kept under wraps.

The pairing of Pitt and Cotillard was almost not meant to be as the shoot date for this movie did not initially work with Cotillard’s schedule. She will next shoot the Fox and New Regency action pic “Assassin’s Creed” with Michael Fassbender.

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February 9, 2015
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Brad Pitt will star in an untitled romantic thriller for Paramount with Robert Zemeckis directing from a Steve Knight script.

Graham King, who developed the project, is producing alongside Zemeckis and Steve Starkey. The project will be produced through King’s GK Films banner with New Regency. Executive producers are Jack Rapke, Knight, Patrick McCormick and Denis O’Sullivan.

The logline for Knight’s script is being kept under wraps.

Pitt was last seen in “Fury” and recently finished filming “By the Sea” with spouse Angelina Jolie, who’s starring and directing.

Zemeckis’ directing credits at Paramount include 1994’s “Forrest Gump” and 2012’s “Flight.” He is in post-production on “The Walk,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit as he crossed the Twin Towers on a tightrope, which is set for an October release from Sony.

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