Brad Pitt, Disney Developing Immigrant Doctor Movie ‘Dr. Q’

Brad Pitt Working on Immigrant Doctor
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Disney and Brad Pitt’s Plan B are developing “Dr. Q” — a movie based on the life story of an illegal immigrant who became the head of brain tumor surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Matt Lopez, whose credits include the Civil War play “The Whipping Man,” has been tapped to write the screenplay about Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa. Plan B, which is run by Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, began working on the project in 2007 when execs heard about Quinones-Hinajosa on the radio.

Quinones-Hinojosa crossed into the United States from Mexico in the late 1980s when he was 19 and began working on farms in California. He started his education at San Joaquin Delta College and completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of California at Berkeley. He then received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and became a U.S. citizen.

He is currently a professor of neurosurgery and oncology at Johns Hopkins, where he serves as the director of the brain tumor program at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Tendo Nagenda, who worked at Plan B before joining Disney, is shepherding the project with Allison Erlikhman.

Pitt, Gardner and Kleiner won best picture Oscars two years ago for “12 Years a Slave” and were nominated this year for “The Big Short.”

Lopez also wrote “The Legend of Georgia McBride” and was a staff writer on HBO’s “The Newsroom.” He is repped by CAA.

The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

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  1. Ann says:

    My Mom WAS a patient of his. Glad we got a Second and Third opinion…saved her life going to the University of Pennsylvania.

  2. Marcos Vitor Lopes Araújo says:

    I can’t wait for it

  3. Katie Orrico says:

    Another compelling story about a inspiring neurosurgeon is Dr. Robert Heros who escaped Cuba when Castro came to power and then volunteered to be a paratrooper in the Bay of Pigs. He was captured and sent to a Cuban prison for 2 years before being rescued by the USA! He went on to graduate number one in his medical school, did his residency training in neurosurgery at Harvard, and chaired two neurosurgery departments–one in Minnesota and one in Miami. He is a remarkable man, and HIS life story would translate to the big screen like no other! A project for Andy Garcia for sure.

  4. Marty Strauss says:

    I cannot say enough about Dr. Q. He saved my life. Not only a great doctor but a great bedside manner. He is my hero.

  5. Jamie says:

    Oscar Isaac in the lead role perhaps?

  6. Carlton Kent says:

    Should be: Developing Illegal Immigrant Movie. Pitt and others are being used by Latino groups who want open borders and blanket amnesty for those here illegally. And, the second they get what they want, they will drop Pitt and the others like bad fruit.

  7. jorge says:

    yas more films about poc

  8. Mjkbk says:

    What IS it with the entertainment pubs and this story? Both Hollywood Reporter AND Variety call it “John Hopkins Hospital”.

    It’s JOHNS Hopkins. (And PLEASE tell me any press releases from the Disney/Plan B peeps spelled it right. Please?)

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