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A Movie Star's Independent Mind: 10 Films From Brad Pitt, Producer, As 'Killing Them Softly' Opens Small

By Sofia M. Fernandez | Indiewire December 3, 2012 at 11:05AM

Pitt has never been afraid to headline a big studio project as an actor (see Paramount's "World War Z" coming in June, or several billion dollars-worth of other tentpole fare), but as a producer he has almost exclusively put his weight behind indie-minded projects such as "Voyage of Time," "Tree of Life," and, most recently, "Killing Them Softly," the chatty, bloody crime drama that opened this weekend to a disappointing $7 million domestic gross.
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"Voyage of Time"

The good news about "Voyage of Time" is that you have a pretty good idea of what you're getting into. Pitt will narrate the doc, which promises to trace the "whole of time, from the birth of the universe to its final collapse," according to the Los Angeles Times. Let’s hope the film’s running time isn’t just as long.

12 Years A Slave

"12 Years a Slave"

"Shame" writer-director Steve McQueen takes the reins of the fascinating story of Solomon Northup, a free man of color who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841. British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor ("Dirty Pretty Things," "Children of Men") stars along with Michael Fassbender, Paul Dano, Pitt and Michael Kenneth Williams (Omar from "The Wire"). The film was shot earlier this year in and around New Orleans, and it’s expected to land in theaters in Fall 2013.

"Blonde"

Dominik's third film for Plan B is based on Joyce Carol Oates' 2000 historical novel about Marilyn Monroe. The film was in the works before "Killing Me Softly" with Naomi Watts attached to star, but now it returns to the front burner with Plan B on board. Dominik recently told IW blog The Playlist that "Blonde" is "sort of a Polanski descent-into-madness-type movie" that starts with the actress as a girl and "ends when she dies." Aware of his unimpressive box office record even before the $15-million "Killing Me Softly" opened small, Dominik told the L.A. Times, "I'd like to keep working with Brad and I'd like us to have more expensive playdates than the last one. I would like to make someone some money."

"The Operators"

Development is underway on "The Operators," an adaptation of Michael Hastings' book about the fallout from U.S. Army General Stanley McChrystal's boozy, uncensored European campaign to gather support for the war in Afghanistan. Too loose-lipped for the Obama Administration, McChrystal was stripped of his command in the aftermath of "Runaway General," the Rolling Stone article upon which "Operators" was based. Actions and opinions of the major players in the war effort, from President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to Colin Powell and General David Petraeus, are also covered in "The Operators." Our choice to play McChrystal? "Mad Men's" Christopher Stanley, aka Betty Draper's second husband (it's all in the nose and the ears).

"True Story"

"Shattered Glass" meets bizarro reality in "True Story," which chronicles the real-life relationship between disgraced New York Times Magazine writer Michael Finkel and Christian Longo, a man who murdered his wife and three children in 2001 and stole Finkel's identity while on the run. James Franco and Jonah Hill are slated to star in this Plan B/New Regency co-production.

This article is related to: Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly, The Tree of Life, Plan B Entertainment





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