August 29, 2015

Hollywood A-listers, catering, security, hundreds of trucks and even a pack of baying fox hounds, that’s what it takes to film The Lost City of Z in Co Down

They arrived under cover of darkness, a rumbling crowd of anonymous white vans, interspersed with Land Rovers, jeeps and catering trucks, packed with riggers, runners and security guards.

The cavalcade made its way along the winding country roads from Belfast to Greyabbey on beautiful Strangford Lough.

They edged along Newtownards Rd, too heavy for the little village and a bad bend at quaint Orange Tree House.

And finally parked up military fashion on farm land.

It was only as daylight broke that they could see the stunning surroundings of a piece of land rising out of the mist – they were at an island, or as locals call it, T’Island.

And bang in the middle of this remote beauty spot they could see a little white washed cottage with no electric or running water.

But it was here that Hollywood A-list Brad Pitt had agreed to film scenes for his movie, The Lost City of Z.

And for more than three days they camped out, enduring wind, rain, hail and just a little sunshine until filming came to an end on Friday morning.

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August 20, 2015

James Gray’s long-gestating adventure has commenced shooting in Belfast and stars Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland.

MICA Entertainment finances Lost City Of Z, while Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner produce via Plan B alongside Anthony Katagas and Dale Johnson.

MadRiver Pictures’ Marc Butan serves as executive producer with MICA’s Julie B May and Glenn Murray. Sierra/Affinity represents international sales and CAA handles US rights.

The film, based on David Grann’s novel about an explorer who went missing in the Brazilian Amazon in the 1920s, is expected to shoot for five weeks in Belfast before relocating to Colombia throughout September and October.

The project has circled for years. Lotus Entertainment’s previous incarnation Inferno Entertainment introduced it to the market in Cannes in 2010, when Pitt was lined up to star.

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August 20, 2015

Tom Holland, who will suit up as Peter Parker in Sony’s Spider-Man reboot being directed by Jon Watts, will take on another adventure first, joining the cast of Lost City Of Z, the big-screen adaptation of David Grann’s bestselling book. Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller and Robert Pattinson star in the pic, which follows conscripted soldier and born explorer Percy Fawcett (Hunnam) who disappeared in the 1920s while searching for a mythical city in the Amazon jungles of Brazil that he believed he discovered on a prior expedition. James Gray wrote and is directing the movie, which began shooting today in Belfast before moving to Colombia through the fall.

MICA Entertainment is financing the pic, and Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner are producing via their Plan B Entertainment along with Anthony Katagas and Dale Johnson. MadRiver Pictures’ Marc Butan is executive producing as are MICA’s Julie B. May and Glenn Murray. Sierra/Affinity is repping international sales and CAA has domestic rights to the film.

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November 8, 2013

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.

November 1, 2011
by admin / The Lost City of Z

Jordan Mintzer, international man of mystery, wears many hats: he’s a tax consultant, he’s the Paris correspondent for The Hollywood Reporter, he’s one of the producers of Matt Porterfield’s remarkable first two films, “Hamilton” and “Putty Hill” (for the latter, he also co-wrote the story), and tomorrow his book “Conversations avec James Gray” will be issued by the French publisher Editions Synecdoche. Gray, of course, is the director who, in a mere quartet of films, from “Little Odessa,” in 1995, to “Two Lovers,” from 2009, has made a cinematic universe of his own, the working-class Jewish families of Brooklyn and Queens (“Two Lovers,” in particular, is one of the meteoric movies of recent years, a romantic melodrama with a surface of dreams and limits and a substratum of colossal wars of the soul). And he was scheduled to make a film based on the book “The Lost City of Z,” by David Grann, of this magazine; Brad Pitt was slated to star; and then it all fell apart.

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November 4, 2010
by admin / The Lost City of Z

And the writing was on the wall yesterday. Pitt dancing around a new shiny toy that is Andrew Dominik‘s new project, the crime caper “Coogan’s Trade” with a possible impressive cast that may include Casey Affleck, Javier Bardem, Sam Rockwell and Mark Ruffalo (plus he’s interested in another project called, “The Gray Man”). Anyone paying attention all along knew that this news had to smell like bad news for the long-gestating “The Lost City Of Z.” And yup, it pretty much does.

The adventure tale was being excitingly billed as a “Lawrence Of Arabia”-style epic and now had Inferno Entertainment’s Bill Johnson and Jim Siebel on board alongside Pitt and his Plan B shingle with buyers at Cannes “flocking to the project” earlier this year. The thought was at the time, principal photography could commence as soon as Pitt completed his turn on “Moneyball” which shot this summer.

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