Paramount has picked up Babylon, Damien Chazelle’s drama set in the Golden Age of Hollywood. The studio has also dated the 1920s-set tale for a Dec. 25, 2021, limited release before expanding it wide on Jan. 7, 2022, giving the project awards playability. Brad Pitt and Emma Stone are in talks to star in the project, but no deals are set. If deals are made, Stone would portray Clara Bow, the early sex symbol and box office star who was Hollywood’s first “It” girl. Pitt would play a fictional character, a silent film star who fails to make the transition to the new technology; sources say he is based on real-life figure John Gilbert.
Marc Platt, who produced Chazelle’s La La Land, is one of the producers on Babylon, as is Olivia Hamilton, Matthew Plouffe and Tobey Maguire. The story is said to be set in the late 1920s, during the movie industry’s transition from silent films to talkies. The rise and fall of fictional and historical characters figure into the proceedings.
As big fans of both Brad and Emma Stone, this would be a dream project – and directed by Chazelle?! We’re in! What do you think about the potential film for Brad?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter