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Will Brad Pitt Go In Search Of THE LOST CITY OF Z??

Published at: April 1, 2008, 9:22 a.m. CST

Merrick here...
Paramount has nabbed a manuscript by David Grann about a search for a lost city in the Amazon. The idea is for Brad Pitt to produce the film, in which he'd potentially star.
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.
...says THIS ARTICLE in Variety. Grann has expanded his 2005 New Yorker article [FIND IT HERE] into a book that'll be published in February. -- snorts derisively -- Indiana Jones wouldn't have gotten lost in the Amazon...

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  • April 1, 2008, 9:27 a.m. CST

    First!

    by The Bandit

    First! Ha! hmmm kind of over rated lol. And Indy wouldnt have gotten lost, amen.

  • April 1, 2008, 9:28 a.m. CST

    second

    by tezmo

    and bullshit.

  • April 1, 2008, 9:29 a.m. CST

    actually...

    by tezmo

    its not cool enough to be bull.....I retract my initial assertion.

  • April 1, 2008, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Okay.

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    Maybe.

  • April 1, 2008, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Sounds interesting

    by Coma Baby

    Send Herzog back into the Jungle to direct!

  • April 1, 2008, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Fifth... This sounds awful

    by SKULL1138

    But you never know, Pitt is in some bad movies these days, does anyone still acre what he is up to?

  • April 1, 2008, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Pitt likes the Z's...

    by HitchCock'n'Balz

    Isn't he also involved with Max Brooks'(son of Mel) "World War Z"..about the "diary" of some general or something in the Zombie Apocalypse?

  • April 1, 2008, 9:45 a.m. CST

    World War Z

    by Jubba

    isn't a diary of a general....it's a great book go read it before the movie does whatever it'll do to the book's reputation

  • April 1, 2008, 9:47 a.m. CST

    I Have the Zombie Survival guide..

    by HitchCock'n'Balz

    but I haven't had a chance to read WWZ yet...thanks for the advice!

  • April 1, 2008, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Sick of Zombies

    by SKULL1138

    Its a stupid idea that's been taken too far, its a scientific impossibility for a human body to move about and do things once ist dead, the brain stosp workingm therefore so do all motor functions, the muscles freeze and the body goes septic, all the blood would be in the ankles of every Zombie. <P> Stupid, idea for a low rent horror movie thats become something bigger for no reason. <P> Ok...a few thousand Zombies appear ina city and start killing people and infection spreads. Army move in and shoot the fuck out them all with a mini gun and some M16's, no more Zombie problem, anyone think this would not happen. 28 days later is the only actual plausible way I have ever seen this done. <P> No more Zombie movies please, Zombie computer games like Resi 5 and Dead Rising 2, please bring on more, because there is nothing as satisfying as mowing down hundreds of Zombies, but its boring on film. <P> They should rename it Brad Pitt versus the Zombies, thats the kind of title that Zombie movies should have. <P> Although if there is a book and its worth a read, I will give it a shot...Is it worth reading?

  • April 1, 2008, 10:13 a.m. CST

    So 28 days later is plausible because?

    by fractureJonze

    Because you've got your running zombies? If you read the book they actually explain why modern army tactics and technology might not work against a zombie horde.

  • April 1, 2008, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Will he try to keep his name a secret...

    by gengrievous82

    and only tell the love interest of the story, assuming their is one? Kind of like Stallone's character, Marion, in Cobra. Cause Percy doesn't suggest explorer too well unless he goes by Percival, like McCleech from Rescuers Down Under.

  • April 1, 2008, 10:20 a.m. CST

    I swear to Jeebus..

    by HitchCock'n'Balz

    I didn't mean to start a Zombified talkback...

  • April 1, 2008, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Pitt is the Farah Fawcett of this decade

    by nolan bautista

    ..Tom Cruise is Jaclyn Smith..Jake Gyllenhaal is Kate Jackson

  • April 1, 2008, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Just like he was set to "star" in the Fountain.

    by Yeti

    Meh.

  • April 1, 2008, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Shia LeBeouf...

    by Kid Z

    ... is Cheryl Ladd?

  • April 1, 2008, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Brad Pitt And The Lost Sense Of Direction

    by Kubla_Khan

    I say: bring back the beard! BRING BACK THE BEEEEEAAAAAARRRRRD! Give Ang something else to hang on to...

  • April 1, 2008, 11:44 a.m. CST

    WWZ > Zombie Survival Guide

    by Jubba

    the guide was entertaining enough but WWZ was a great read...everybody who likes zombies should read it.

  • April 1, 2008, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Kid Z..

    by nolan bautista

    ..good one

  • April 1, 2008, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Colin Farell..

    by nolan bautista

    ..is Shelly Hack

  • April 1, 2008, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Pitt is such a terrible actor

    by Nabster

    sorry it had to be said. He is just completely unconvincing in his roles, granted I haven't seen the Jesse James flick. I weep for Troy.

  • April 1, 2008, 1:15 p.m. CST

    12 Monkeys

    by shodan6672

    I havent been a fan of all of his films but I seem to remember that he was good in 12 monkeys and Fight Club.

  • April 1, 2008, 1:34 p.m. CST

    I can't remember

    by Abominable Snowcone

    the last time I saw a good Brad Pitt flick. I suppose Fight Club was alright.

  • April 1, 2008, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Pitt, by himself, is da bomb

    by skimn

    No really, by himself, his movies bomb big time. Jesse James, Troy, etc.

  • April 1, 2008, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Also Babel

    by Bass Ackwards

    And I thought Jessse James was amazing, one of my favorite films from last year and Pitt imparticular was great (there are scenes where he's just absolutely manipulating the mood with a look or his posture).

  • April 1, 2008, 1:46 p.m. CST

    The Lost City of Muppet Poo

    by xevoid

    Had to say it

  • April 1, 2008, 1:54 p.m. CST

    World War Z is an epic book

    by SpawnofAchilles

    really really good, its a very realistic portrayal of a zombie invasion told from various perspectives around the world, it would make an awesome movie too. High recommend it. And as for all the Brad Pitt hate, um let's see, Jesse James was incredible and my personal best film last year, he's also in the cohen's next film and malick's next film so...dont really get the hate, not to mention um seven and fight club

  • April 1, 2008, 1:57 p.m. CST

    oh yeah

    by SpawnofAchilles

    and babel and 12 monkeys

  • April 1, 2008, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Pitt's just jealous.

    by thedarklinglord

    He wants a turn playing a Brit so he can do an annoying-as-fuck, godawful British accent.

  • April 1, 2008, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Bit of synchronicity...

    by wowsah156

    Wasnt Fawcett the surname of the pilot guy whose plane disappeared in the Nevada desert last year?!... Spooky.

  • April 1, 2008, 3:06 p.m. CST

    I'm not saying he hasn't been in good films,

    by skimn

    or hasn't been good, its just that unless he's paired with a strong co-star or part of an ensemble, he is not a guarantee of box office. His good films..Jesse James, Babel, Fight Club, have died at the box office, while the "popcorn" flicks (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, The Oceans) have made money.

  • April 1, 2008, 3:10 p.m. CST

    And Johnny Depp

    by SickPuppy

    is Tanya Roberts, FTW!

  • April 1, 2008, 3:18 p.m. CST

    why do talkbackers give a shit about box office?

    by SpawnofAchilles

    In case it didn't fit above Why do talkbackers give a shit about box office draw?

  • April 1, 2008, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Sounds Awesome

    by Gungan Slayer

    The good old days of adventuring and exploration. Bring it on.

  • April 1, 2008, 3:23 p.m. CST

    skimm

    by SpawnofAchilles

    you know why those good movies of his died at the box office? because they were above the average slack jawed movie goer's level of intellect and/or they were poorly marketed, Pitt takes risks and works with visionary director's and as a result his films dont always make bank but at least they are interesting and which is more important? Money to the studio suits, interesting, unique and quality to us

  • April 1, 2008, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Tally-ho, chap!

    by warghost

    Does this mean Brad Pitt would have a fake British accent in the film?

  • April 1, 2008, 4:33 p.m. CST

    snorts derisively

    by logocult

    Tennessee Buck would have set fire to the Amazon.

  • If I can remember correctly.

  • April 1, 2008, 4:41 p.m. CST

    SpawnofAchilles

    by Detective_Fingerling

    Why didn't Pitt try harder to make the Fountain if that was the case? Anywho. This movie looks pretty boring.

  • April 1, 2008, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Indiana Jones DIDN'T...

    by The Chosen

    He actually didn't get lost in the Amazon... Instead, he left Doc Ock for dead and went on adventure after a French-Nazi!

  • April 1, 2008, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Probably end up more like The Mosquito Coast than Indiana Jones.

    by CreasyBear

    As long as the questing, exotic nature of this movie isn't too much like Seven Years in Tibet. Snoozer.

  • April 1, 2008, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Tim Curry and Laura Linney found it in CONGO

    by Murraypalooza

    STOP EATING MY SESAME CAKE!~

  • April 1, 2008, 7:34 p.m. CST

    I just read that Brad and Jennifer broke up.

    by Napoleon Park

    Bad Pritt and the Greek girl with the big nose and the perky nipples from Friends broke up. No, not a stupid April Fools gag, this time it's their joint production company that has finally and legally been dissolved.<p>I know it's bad for my lungs but if I had a joint production company I'd be high all the time.

  • April 1, 2008, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Pitt doesn't get his credit just cause he's so pretty

    by password.swordfish

    Seriously, the man can totally act. People have already listed the movies he was good in. And gotham_night, if you didn't like Seven, Fight Club, Snatch, True Romance, or Jesse James, what are you doing on a movie talkback? Go watch Epic Movie, or whatever shit you think is good. And a big thank you to SpawnofAchilles for pointing out the main reason I'll see his movies... Pitt's out to try new and daring things; he takes serious risks with some the characters he chooses, and the more conventional ones... did I mention he's pretty?

  • April 1, 2008, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Nabster please watch Jesse James

    by T 1000 xp professional

    amazing movie and probably his best role...True Romance he has one of the best smallest roles, well there's a ton in that movie... he's a man-god, leave him alone

  • April 1, 2008, 8:40 p.m. CST

    This movie could be good

    by TerryMalloy

    I read a book on the creation of the Panama Canal and you guys have no fucking idea what people had to go through back in the day traveling through jungles. Incredible. If they get the harsh conditions right, count me in. I love survival movies.

  • April 1, 2008, 9:52 p.m. CST

    "I love survival movies"

    by Shan

    Except in this case, it sounds like they didn't - but point taken ...

  • April 1, 2008, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Not another Pitt accent

    by Scorhito

    Smells like Devil's Own

  • April 1, 2008, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Based On True Story

    by Horatio_Rastapopulous

    This is partially based on an account that is believed to be genuine about some Portuguese sailors in the 1700's who straggled out of the Brazilian jungles after 10 years of being lost and may have actually found a ruined city. In 1925, Fawcett and company had heard these stories and others about a city he called "Z" and went looking but never came back. Check out the link if you want to, it's an interesting read if you're into archaeology and lost cities and such: http://tinyurl.com/28grbv

  • Brad Pitt - ah, there it is.... <p> ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  • April 2, 2008, 1:20 a.m. CST

    28 days wasn't a zombie film

    by Maniaq

    which is probably why I like it better than all the "other" zombie films. It was an interesting twist on the premise - they weren't dead, you could kill em, but "rage" was highly infectious... <p> Brad Pitt's been in good films - like, say 12 Monkeys - but his acting is VERY limited! <p> He tends to always stick to the same schtick - like, say 12 Monkeys...

  • April 2, 2008, 3:35 a.m. CST

    maniaq

    by batmans_pants

    What do you mean by "He tends to always stick to the same schtick - like, say 12 Monkeys". Not having a pop at you at all. Just interested what you consider "the same schtick as 12 monkeys" to be...

  • April 2, 2008, 6:11 a.m. CST

    Is it time again for some more Indiana Jones rip offs?

    by rbatty024

    I remember quite a few back in the day.

  • April 2, 2008, 7:04 a.m. CST

    gengrievous82

    by SKULL1138

    I already said I ahve not read the book, igf its good I might give ita shot, if it explains thinsg well, then so be it. <P> The reason I said 28 days later was plausible is simple, the 2Zombies" are not undead, they are normal humans with a virus that makes them uncontrollably aggressive, thats not areally Zombie, my statement on the implausability of real "Zombies" stands, its a stupid fucking idea. <P> But I love a good book, so will give that one a shot. <P> Pitt, yeah I loved him in True Romance, Fight Club, Seven (Ok, freeman was star), but I hate a lot of the stuff he has done since, I think he has become a joke figure almost, and in no way does he entice me to go see a movie anymore, whereas a few years ago I wanted to see things he was in, because he was interesting. <P> Ta Ta

  • April 2, 2008, 10:38 a.m. CST

    The Last Hero by Peter Forbath

    by nolan bautista

    this is a fuckin' awesome book..about the last exploration of Henry Morton Stanley (Bula Matari/the Rock Breaker)

  • April 2, 2008, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Wait is he dissin Indiana Jones in the article?!

    by donwillymo

    would have gotten lost?! Indie never gets lost! and ur an a=hole damnit! yeah well fuck you too! what'd you say about my mama!?

  • April 2, 2008, 3:59 p.m. CST

    As a movie goer I appreciate Pitt's

    by skimn

    choices. 12 Monkeys is one of my favorite performances of his. I was just thinking of his status as a "movie star". He must be one of the best known "stars", who's films generally underperform. I just find that ironic, and not a slam on Pitt or his career.

  • April 2, 2008, 4:58 p.m. CST

    donwillymo

    by Bass Bastardson

    Learn how to read. It helps comprehension. (hint: "WOULDN'T have" is the opposite of "Would have".

  • April 2, 2008, 7:42 p.m. CST

    NAPOLEON PARK

    by livingwater

    Untrue. Plan B is still going. Jen left a while back. Jen has just formed a brand new company named ECHO FILMS with Universal getting first look. I guarantee this is going to become a major production company, like Plan B, as it gains momentum.

  • April 2, 2008, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Should be Z from Antz

    by Osmosis Jones

    "All my life I've been barely able to lift more than ten times my own body weight."