From Variety: “Universal Pictures has set Angelina Jolie’s “By the Sea,” in which she co-stars with husband Brad Pitt, for an awards-season launch on Nov. 13 in the U.S.
International releases will be built around the date. “By the Sea” marks the first time Jolie and Pitt have been in a film together since “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” a decade ago.
Jolie directed “By the Sea” from her own script. The film also stars Mélanie Laurent, Niels Arestrup, Melvil Poupaud and Richard Bohringer. Pitt portrays an American writer who arrives with his wife (Jolie) in a tranquil and picturesque seaside resort in 1970s France with their marriage in apparent crisis. Laurent and Poupand portray newlyweds.
The studio said “By the Sea” is inspired by European cinema and theater of the ’60s and ’70s. Jolie and Pitt are the producers; Chris Brigham, Holly Goline (“Unbroken”) and Michael Vieira (“Unbroken”) are exec producing.
“This is a story about a relationship derailed by loss, the tenacity of love, and the path to recovery and acceptance,” said Jolie. “It has been a privilege to explore these universal human experiences with such a generous and talented cast and crew.”
It’s the third directing gig for Jolie following “In the Land of Blood and Honey” and “Unbroken.”
“By the Sea” will open against Warner Bros.’ mining rescue drama “The 33,” Open Road’s Bill Murray comedy “Rock the Kasbah” and Paramount’s horror vehicle “Rings.””
From Variety: “Marion Cotillard is in negotiations to co-star with Brad Pitt in Paramount, New Regency and Graham King’s untitled period spy thriller.
Robert Zemeckis is directing the pic from a script by Steven Knight.
King, who first developed the project and brought it to Pitt, will produce alongside Zemeckis and Steve Starkey. The project will be produced through King’s GK Films banner with New Regency. Executive producers are Knight, Jack Rapke, Patrick McCormick and Denis O’Sullivan.
The logline for Knight’s script is being kept under wraps.
The pairing of Pitt and Cotillard was almost not meant to be as the shoot date for this movie did not initially work with Cotillard’s schedule. She will next shoot the Fox and New Regency action pic “Assassin’s Creed” with Michael Fassbender.
Production for “Assassin’s Creed” begins at the end of the summer and would have overlapped with the Pitt film, which was originally intended to shoot in the fall.
Zemeckis and Pitt asked the studio if production could be pushed so Zemeckis could do press for his TriStar biopic “The Walk” this fall, while Pitt plans to squeeze in the satirical military comedy “War Machine,” which Netflix just acquired for distribution.
Production moved to the first quarter of 2016, allowing Cotillard to join Pitt in the film.
She most recently finished shooting “Macbeth” alongside Fassbender, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. She is repped by CAA and Agence Adequat.
Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.”
From Variety: “Brad Pitt will star in an untitled romantic thriller for Paramount with Robert Zemeckis directing from a Steve Knight script.
Graham King, who developed the project, is producing alongside Zemeckis and Steve Starkey. The project will be produced through King’s GK Films banner with New Regency. Executive producers are Jack Rapke, Knight, Patrick McCormick and Denis O’Sullivan.
The logline for Knight’s script is being kept under wraps.
Pitt was last seen in “Fury” and recently finished filming “By the Sea” with spouse Angelina Jolie, who’s starring and directing.
Zemeckis’ directing credits at Paramount include 1994’s “Forrest Gump” and 2012’s “Flight.” He is in post-production on “The Walk,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit as he crossed the Twin Towers on a tightrope, which is set for an October release from Sony.
King and Knight are also partnered on the action-thriller “The Red Circle,” a remake of the French film “Le Cercle Rouge,” reset in Hong Kong. Knight wrote the script and is producing under GK Films.
Knight’s credits include “The Hundred-Foot Journey” and “Dirty Pretty Things.”He also directed Tom Hardy in “Locke.”
King produced “Rango” and “The Departed.””
From Variety: “Following the success of “Moneyball,” Brad Pitt and his Plan B shingle have assembled an all-star cast for the next adaptation of a Michael Lewis bestseller.
Sources tell Variety that Pitt, Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling have come on board to star in “The Big Short,” Paramount and Plan B’s adaptation “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine,” which Adam McKay is writing and directing.
Lewis’ nonfiction tome tells the story of the build-up of the housing and credit bubble during the 2000s that led to the financial crisis of 2007-2010. Paramount had no comment.
Pitt will produce with DeDe Gardner through their Plan B banner. Production start date is unknown.
The book follows several key people who played a role in creating the disastrous credit bubble. The feature adaptation will likely feature several A-list actors who have similiar-sized roles, similar to the cast of “Traffic” or “The Counselor.”
As with “Moneyball,” Pitt has been very passionate about getting this adaptation onto the bigscreen.
His Plan B company has built a reputation for serious dramas that tackle important issues, with “12 Years a Slave” landing last year’s best picture Oscar and “Selma” deep in the Oscar race this year.
Pitt, who is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment, was last seen in “Fury.” The WME-repped Bale was last seen in “Exodus: Gods and Kings” and will shoot the Travis McGee pic “The Deep Blue Goodby” this spring.
Gosling just wrapped production on the Warner Bros. thriller “The Nice Guys.” He is repped by Anonymous Content and LBI Entertainment.”
From The Hollywood Reporter: “Among new offerings internationally, David Ayer’s World War II war pic Fury, starring Brad Pitt, rolled out in its first 15 markets, grossing a solid $11.2 million, including a No. 1 finish in the U.K. with $4.2 million. Sony partnered with QED International on the film, which took in another $13 million in North America for a 10-day global total of $57.3 million.”
From Variety: “Brad Pitt’s World War II drama “Fury” is ruling the battlefield.
“Fury” opened to No. 1 at the U.S. box office on Friday — ahead of two-time champ “Gone Girl” and newcomer “The Book of Life” — with $8.8 million. This includes $1.2 million from Thursday night showings. The tank tale looks to haul $25 million in its debut weekend.
Pitt stars as an army sergeant who commands a Sherman tank and a five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines in Germany during the end of WWII. This is a record opening for director David Ayer, who wrote and directed 2012’s “End of Watch” and scripted “Training Day.” The movie also stars Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman and Michael Peña.
Aside from Pitt’s star power, the $68 million production — backed by Columbia Pictures in association with QED Intl. and LStar Capital — has the critics on its side, earning 80% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Pitt’s other WWII pic — of the revenge fantasy variety — launched to $38 million in 2009. The Quentin Tarantino-directed hit “Inglourious Basterds” went on to reel in $321.5 million worldwide.”