“All the Pretty Horses,” the Mike Nichols project that has been bouncing around for the past couple of years, looks like it’s back on track, possibly with Brad Pitt starring.
The project may end up being a co-venture between United Artists and Columbia Pictures, with the latter handling foreign.
The project was bought when Nichols was at Columbia Pictures with a first-look deal. It was subsequently moved to UA – but with two key conditions: If the project’s budget moved north of $17 million-$18 million, or if Brad Pitt was inked for the project, Columbia would be allowed to partner with UA on the pic.
Pitt, who was little known at the time, was interested in the project early on, when it was at Columbia, but it never happened. Pitt is still said to be interested, and his involvement is likely to push the project past $20 million – thus triggering Col’s participation on both conditions. “All the Pretty Horses,” written by Cormac McCarthy, is an adventure/love story set in 1949 about a young Texas cowboy’s escapades when he leaves home with a friend and goes to Mexico, where he falls in love with the daughter of a powerful Mexican landowner.