Adventure thriller set up at Focus Features
Brad Pitt and Darren Aronofsky are teaming up in the wild. The thesp and director have set up the adventure thriller “The Tiger” at Focus Features and have tapped Guillermo Arriaga to pen the script. Project, which is based on an upcoming nonfiction book by John Vaillant, takes place on the Siberian plain, where human development is encroaching on the tigers’ habitat — and one tiger turns on the intruders. With townspeople being tracked and hunted with an almost supernatural power, a conservationist game warden must face down the tiger. It is a fight that only one of them can win. “The Tiger,” which will be produced by Pitt’s Plan B and Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures, is being developed as a potential starring vehicle for Pitt. Project marks a reteaming for Pitt and Arriaga, who worked together on the multi-arc drama “Babel.” Pitt and Aronofsky have long flirted with making a pic together. The pair were previously attached to “The Fighter” before both dropped out, and Pitt nearly starred in Aronofsky’s “The Fountain,” but he eventually abandoned that project. Vaillant’s “The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival” will be published by Knopf in August. “This is the first time I have adapted a screenplay, since I have previously only written original screenplays,” said Arriaga, who previously worked with Focus on the drama “21 Grams.” “I chose to adapt this story, first, because I have a profound love for the outdoors and the intense tension between man and nature which the book reflects; and, second, because of the great privilege of working with such accomplished filmmakers as Darren Aronofsky, Brad Pitt, and James Schamus.” Producers on the pic will be Protozoa’s Mark Heyman, Ari Handel and Aronofsky; and Plan B’s Jeremy Kleiner, Dede Gardner and Mr. Pitt. Deal is part of a multi-year filmmaking partnership between Random House Films and Focus. Knopf is a division of Random House. Pitt and Aronofsky are repped by CAA. Arriaga is handled by UTA.