DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE: Brad Pitt is circling an untitled WWII romantic thriller which Steven Knight has scripted for Graham King‘s GK Films. While it’s not a done deal yet and not yet set with a distributor, I’m hearing it’s serious and that a big director will be set with an eye toward starting production early next year.
Pitt produced and co-starred in Best Picture Oscar winner 12 Years A Slave, and he just finished another WWII battlefield film, the David Ayer-directed Fury, which Sony Pictures releases November 14. Pitt also worked the WWII terrain in the Quentin Tarantino-directed Inglourious Basterds. He also starred in and is prepping a sequel to World War Z. He’s repped by CAA and Brillstein.
Knight scripted Eastern Promises, and more recently the British series Peaky Blinders, the Helen Mirren-starrer The Hundred Foot Journey for DreamWorks, and he wrote and directed Locke with Tom Hardy. He’s repped by CAA and United Agents.
Looks like Brad has his eye on a new movie, WB recently acquired Pontius Pilate. Would be a very polemic move for Brad, that’s for sure. Here’s the article from Collider:
Warner Bros. recently acquired Pontius Pilate, a script by Vera Blasi (Woman on Top) about the Roman prefect who presided over Jesus’ trial and was convinced by the crowd to sentence Jesus to death. Even in his limited appearance in the Biblical canon, Pilate is portrayed as conflicted, reluctant to send a man he believes to be innocent to such a fate. Blasi has stated that in addition to “the available facts from Roman and Jewish history books and the four gospels,” she speculates to follow Pilate from childhood, showing his time in the military and his rise to political office. Blasi intends to use this character study as a launching point for “an investigation of the politics of Judea at the time, and what it was like to be occupied by Rome.”
All that is enough to intrigue me… and Brad Pitt. Deadline reports Pitt is circling the lead role. Pontius Pilate will provoke controversy no matter who stars, but Pitt’s star power and politics would magnify that, should he sign on.
Movie rumours! Brad could be working Ridley Scott and Michael Fassbender on “The Counselor”
Brad Pitt has met with director Ridley Scott this week, the filmmaker who gave the now A-lister an early breakout role in his film Thelma & Louise 21 years ago, back when Pitt was just a pretty boy no-name.
The reason for their meeting? Ridley Scott is moving at breakneck speed to get casting locked for The Counselor, his next low-budget thriller based on acclaimed author Cormac McCarthy’s first original screenplay that had Hollywood buzzing when it first surfaced a few months back.
Twitch say Scott is offering Pitt a supporting role in the picture that Michael Fassbender will lead as a Southwest lawyer who gets involved in shenanigans way over his head in the drug trade. The word is we never learn the name of Fassbender’s character as he goes in search of one last big payday after he proposes to his girlfriend and gets himself involved in the wrong crowd who plan to take $20 million from Mexico into the U.S. to offload.
Pitt will play Westray, a no-gooder criminal who helps out with the trade which obviously, otherwise there wouldn’t be a movie, goes tits-up. The Playlist, who have read the script, call him an ‘enigmatic character’, which we have to say are the parts that usually attract Pitt.
The film has been described as a very ‘masculine’ work, occasionally diverting into McCarthy’s ‘sexual obsession’ in his books and ‘No Country For Old Men on steroids’. In other words, it sounds pretty damn spectacular.
Pitt first emerged as a candidate for the film a few weeks back along with A-listers Javier Bardem and Jeremy Renner but now looks close to being the one chosen, as long as his schedule lines-up.
This will be the second team-up of Pitt and Fassbender since they shot Inglourious Basterds together and from the looks of things they hit it off well. They will co-lead Hunger and Shame director Steve McQueen’s next movie Twelve Years A Slave when that films this summer but they could well share screen time again in The Counselor if all works out.
Shooting begins on The Counselor in May.