Paramount, Brad Pitt find ‘Lost City’

Plan B to produce David Grann's manuscript

Paramount Pictures has preemptively bought “Lost City of Z,” a David Grann manuscript about the search for a lost city in the Amazon, with Brad Pitt to produce the feature adaptation through his Plan B shingle as a potential starring vehicle.

Grann’s forthcoming nonfiction book concerns British explorer Col. Percy Harrison Fawcett, who was attempting to find the so-called City of Z when he and his party disappeared in 1925. Over the next 70 years, scores of explorers tried and failed to retrace Fawcett’s path, including a 1996 expedition of Brazilian adventurers. Pitt would play Fawcett.

Doubleday is scheduled to publish “Lost City of Z,” an expansion of Grann’s September 2005 article in the New Yorker, in February.

When Pitt expressed interest in toplining as well as producing “Lost City of Z,” Paramount moved quickly to buy it. Par previously optioned Grann’s New Yorker article “City of Water.”

Pitt, whose Plan B is based at Paramount, has a longstanding relationship with the studio and Par chief Brad Grey, a former partner in Plan B. As an actor, Pitt has two films awaiting release: the Coen brothers’ “Burn After Reading,” which Focus Features will open in September, and David Fincher’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” which Par will open in December. He is also attached to star in “The Fighter” for the studio. As a producer, Pitt’s next film is Rachel McAdams-Eric Bana starrer “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” set for release in November.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety

Loading