Amazon is negotiating with CAA to distribute its clients’ drama The Lost City of Z from James Gray. The period adventure based on the David Grann book stars Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller. It’s being produced by Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B, and is also slated as the closing night picture of the New York Film Festival on October 15.
The project, based on a true story, is set in the Amazon rainforest and is about the mystery surrounding British explorer Colonel Percival Fawcett who disappeared while searching for the lost city of Z. Sources said no deal is done, but they are working to close it.
CAA, who arranged the film’s financing, reps Gray, Pitt and Hunnam while Sierra/Affinity has been handling international sales.
Good news. animated film junkies. Movie streaming site Netflix has announced its schedule of select animated films from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Pixar.
The availability of animated films from the leading animation studios today is the highlight of Netflix for the month of September. The movie-streaming site will also feature some of its original movies, Netflix announced way back in May.
The Netflix originals that will be featured this month include “Mascots” and “War Machine,” starring award-winning Hollywood actor Brad Pitt.
After losing director J.A. Bayona to the “Jurassic World” universe, Brad Pitt is zeroing in on an old friend for the “World War Z” sequel.
Sources have told Variety that Pitt, along with Paramount and Skydance, is in talks with David Fincher to direct the follow-up to the 2013 smash hit.
Pitt, who’s returning to star in and produce the next “World War Z” installment, recently met with a handful of other directors, but is said to be zeroing in on Fincher for the pic, which is expected to start filming in early 2017.
Skydance and Paramount had no comment on the development.
According to sources, Fincher and Pitt met two weeks ago to discuss the possibility of Fincher boarding the zombie tentpole. The talks were initially lukewarm, but sources now tell Variety that negotiations are much further down the road and that other director currently has an offer.
The films will compete in the Platform juried competition.
Natalie Portman’s Jackie biopic and Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight, for A24 and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment, will compete in the Platform juried competition at next month’s Toronto International Film Festival.
The films will be among 12 indie titles to compete for a $25,000 prize, organizers said Thursday.
Jackie, which will receive a North American premiere in Toronto, also stars Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig and John Hurt. Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain (No, El Club) directed the pic, his first English-language feature from a 2010 Black List screenplay by Noah Oppenheim.
Moonlight, which is getting an international debut in Toronto, is the lone American entry in the Platform competition and stars singer-songwriter Janelle Monae, James Bond actress Naomie Harris and Mahershala Ali.