You don’t usually get so many stars who carry pictures themselves to headline the same movie. But Paramount Pictures, New Regency and Plan B Entertainment formally set Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt to star in the Adam McKay-directed adaptation of Michael Lewis’ book The Big Short: Inside The Doomsday Machine. Melissa Leo and Marisa Tomei also star. McKay wrote the most recent draft, from script by Charles Randolph. Pic tells the story of the genius contrarian investors who, recognizing just how insane the housing bubble had become, figured out how to “short” the market prior to the financial collapse of 2008. If that sounds un-cinematic, so did Lewis’ books Moneyball and The Blind Side, and those movie adaptations worked out pretty well. Tracy Letts, Hamish Linklater, John Magaro, Byron Mann, Rafe Spall, Jeremy Strong and Finn Wittrock round out the cast. Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner are producing. They are just getting underway in New Orleans.
Brad Pitt will star in an untitled romantic thriller for Paramount with Robert Zemeckis directing from a Steve Knight script.
Graham King, who developed the project, is producing alongside Zemeckis and Steve Starkey. The project will be produced through King’s GK Films banner with New Regency. Executive producers are Jack Rapke, Knight, Patrick McCormick and Denis O’Sullivan.
The logline for Knight’s script is being kept under wraps.
Pitt was last seen in “Fury” and recently finished filming “By the Sea” with spouse Angelina Jolie, who’s starring and directing.
Zemeckis’ directing credits at Paramount include 1994’s “Forrest Gump” and 2012’s “Flight.” He is in post-production on “The Walk,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit as he crossed the Twin Towers on a tightrope, which is set for an October release from Sony.
King and Knight are also partnered on the action-thriller “The Red Circle,” a remake of the French film “Le Cercle Rouge,” reset in Hong Kong. Knight wrote the script and is producing under GK Films.
Knight’s credits include “The Hundred-Foot Journey” and “Dirty Pretty Things.”He also directed Tom Hardy in “Locke.”
King produced “Rango” and “The Departed.”
Brad Pitt and Sandra Bullock are attached to star in the UNTITLED WAR OF THE ROSES PROJECT. The currently untitled War of the Roses style divorce comedy follows a couple who host a HSN/QVC show who trudge through their divorce on air. Pitt and Bullock will play the male and female lead, respectively.
The project is currently in development, and will be produced by Pitt and Dede Gardner for Plan B Entertainment. Brad Weston and Pam Abby will oversee for New Regency, while Sarah Esberg will oversee production. The A-list comedy is currently OWA.
Pitt recently starred in Fury and executive produced the upcoming drama True Story, starring Jonah Hill and James Franco. Up next, he’ll star in By the Sea and The Big Short. He’ll also produce an astounding number of films, including The Lost City of Z and Anonymous vs. Steubenville.
Bullock most recently starred in the Oscar-nominated Gravity, opposite George Clooney. The Oscar winner will next lend her voice to the Despicable Me spinoff Minions and will star in the comedy Our Brand Is Crisis. She’s also producing the Christmas comedy Jingle and executive producing the Untitled Pamela Falk/Michael Ellis Project.
Bullock is repped by CAA. Pitt is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Fury is out on Blu-Ray/DVD Today and here is a behind scenes video from the extras:
Brad Pitt, Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling are teaming up for a Plan B and Paramount’s adaptation of a Michael Lewis best-seller.
The three actors are in various stages of talks to star in The Big Short, the adaptation of Lewis’ takedown of the financial crisis. Lewis is the author of Moneyball, the financial-sports book whose adaptation Pitt starred in and produced in 2011.
Pitt and his Plan B shingle are producing Big Short, which has a script by Adam McKay. McKay is expected to direct the drama, although there is no timetable yet. Paramount had no comment.
The nonfiction book, whose full title is The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, chronicles the housing and credit bubbles of the 2000s.
Pitt, who brought Lewis’ Moneyball to the big screen, is producing and enlisted Bale and Gosling to star.
The project is not expected to be Bale’s next, though it is still unclear what the Oscar winner’s is eyeing. He was poised to play the late Steve Jobs for an untitled project that was originally set up at Sony (it was eventually put in turnaround and picked up by Universal). He also is attached to star in Fox’s The Deep Blue Goodbye.