Category: Projects

Brad Pitt Shooting For Gunsmoke Lead?

Despite the fact that Westerns are once more finding it tough to rope in audiences, CBS Films is hoping that an adaptation of long-running TV cowboy series Gunsmoke can overcome that little problem – and the likes of Brad Pitt and Ryan Reynolds are said to be up for the lead role of Marshal Matt Dillon*.

Gunsmoke (which aired as Gun Law some of the time over here) certainly has a history. It began in the early 1950s as a radio serial before transferring to TV in 1955 with James Arness taking over the role of Dillon in a half-hour version that was eventually expanded to an hour. Long considered one of the best US series of all time, it was also the longest running for many years, though the original Law & Order is about to best its season record.

Thanks to busra.

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Paramount Pictures Options The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

Paramount Pictures has picked up Michael Lewis’ upcoming book “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine.”

According to Variety, Brad Pitt is producing through his Par-based Plan B shingle.

The nonfiction book chronicles the recent free fall of the American economy, and features a large cast of characters.

No cast has been added, and no production date has been set.

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Brad Pitt and Matt Damon Join Happy Feet 2?

A dark cloud has hovered over the George Miller sequel Happy Feet 2, ever since the unexpected death of one of the first film’s leading voices, Brittany Murphy. There’s been no word on who will replace the actress for the follow up but according to Movieline two of Hollywood’s biggest leading men have recently signed on.

Apparently, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon will both lend their voices to the animated feature Happy Feet 2. It’s the 3-D sequel to the wildly popular 2006 film, which will once again feature the talents of Robin Williams and Elijah Wood. Warner Bros, the studio behind the film refuses to comment on the casting news, but Movieline’s sources assure us that it’s a done deal. Not only are the actors in the movie, but they reportedly did some voice work earlier this week.

Thanks to Sandra.

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Brad Pitt And Josh Brolin May Go Like Hell

Jay Leno isn’t the only Hollywood celebrity with a hanger full of cars. Los Angeles is full of closet gear heads and, they’re lining up to do 20th Century Fox’s new racing movie, Go Like Hell.

The film is based on recently optioned book called “Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans”. Set in the 1960s, the book is the true story of the Ford motor company’s attempt to beat the exotic Euro auto manufacturers at their own game by hiring a crack team to beat them in European racing. It’s the 60s by the way which manes safety took a back seat to speed and race car drivers were as much daredevils as they were professionals. Blowing up halfway down the track wasn’t out of the question.

What’s most interesting about this project are the number of big names who may be involved. Producer Lucas Foster appeared this week on the Adam Carolla Podcast and talked endlessly about his plans for the film, including who might star in it. Lucas says, “I have a lot of interest from big actors. It would shock you the telephone calls that have come in from people.” In particular Foster says, “There’s a lot of conversation with my good friend, Brad Pitt.” He further confirmed that they’ve spoken to Josh Brolin while mentioning that he’s also interested in Russell Crowe, Matt Damon (for the role of Phil Hill), Eric Bana, and Daniel Day-Lewis.

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Thanks intothegrinder.

Le Mans

According to this article from Portugal, Brad (along with Al Pacino & Penélope Cruz) is gonna film a remake of the old Steve McQueen movie “Le Mans” (1971). Wolfgang Petersen will direct.

Source/discuss. Thanks Intothegrinder. This is unconfirmed.

Plot: Almost in breadth and depth of a documentary, this movie depicts an auto race during the 70s on the world’s hardest endurance course: Le Mans in France. The race goes over 24 hours on 14.5 kilometers of cordoned country road. Every few hours the two drivers per car alternate – but it’s still a challenge for concentration and material. In the focus is the duel between the German Stahler in Ferrari 512LM and the American Delaney in Gulf Team Porsche 917. Delaney is under extraordinary pressure, because the year before he caused a severe accident, in which his friend Lisa’s husband was killed.

Beyond all Boundaries

We hear that Tom Hanks — the narrator and executive producer of “Beyond All Boundaries,” the 4-D cinematic experience at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans — was able to land an all-star cast, including Brad Pitt, Kevin Bacon, Patricia Clarkson, Kevin Connolly, James Cromwell, Viola Davis, Tobey Maguire, Gary Sinise and Elijah Wood. A visual, 4-D experience of the battles of World War II featuring stories, archival footage and advanced special effects.

Source/discuss. Thanks Intothegrinder. This is unconfirmed.

No Sherlock Holmes cameo

Contrary to the circulating rumor, the ‘Inglourious Basterds’ leading man won’t be seen portraying Sherlock Holmes’ archfoe, Moriarty, in the Guy Ritchie-directed action drama.

There will be no Brad Pitt in “Sherlock Holmes”. Warner Bros. Pictures has squashed the recent flying rumor suggesting that the star of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” has been recruited to play Holmes’ arch nemesis, Moriarty, in Guy Ritchie’s new take on the legendary detective and his crime-solving story.

“The report in today’s London Mirror is completely inaccurate. Brad Pitt is not joining the cast of Sherlock Holmes and we’re extremely pleased with the production of the film,” a studio-sanctioned statement, released Monday, August 17, read. “As planned, it will be released on Christmas Day, 2009.”

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Trio set for DreamWorks’ ‘Oobermind’

DreamWorks Animation’s “Oobermind” has enlisted three new superheroes, with Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill set to lend their voices to the comedy set for release in fall 2010.

Ferrell replaces Robert Downey Jr. in the title role of a supervillain who imagines all his dastardly dreams coming true after defeating good-guy rival Metro Man (Pitt), only to find life quite boring without an adversary. To fill the void, Oobermind creates a new superhero, Titan (Hill), who also wants to be bad, forcing Oobermind to switch sides.

The three actors join Tina Fey, already onboard to play the reporter tasked with keeping track of the city’s confusing superhero situation.

“Oobermind,” produced by Lara Breay and Denise Nolan Cascino, is being directed by Tom McGrath, co-helmer of the “Madagascar” pics. The project would have marked the first major animation role for Downey, who exited due to scheduling conflicts.

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Thanks intothegrinder.

Voyage of Time

The Playlist has been great about uncovering info about the two upcoming Terrence Malick films, The Tree of Life and Voyage of Time. The Tree of Life is the feature starring Sean Penn and Brad Pitt in a father/son tale about the loss of innocence. Voyage of Time is an IMAX documentary about, essentially, the birth and death of the universe. Both films feature work by Peter Parks, the macro photography guru who created amazingly beautiful (and affordable) effects images for Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain.

Read more/discuss. Brad would be narrating Voyage of Time. Very interesting and exciting however, unconfirmed.

SimplyBrad.com Update

Well I managed to update some of the subpages of SimplyBrad.com to give you more reliable information on things about ‘n around Mr Bradley.

For instance, I’ve updated the Bikes page with info (model, first spotted and where) along with a picture of all the bikes Brad has been spotted on since the year 2004. Quite a lot! But I don’t have info on all the bikes so if you know something I don’t: please email me.

Also updated:
Radio
Plan B
Television – Series
Guitar