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by Sofia M. Fernandez
December 3, 2012 11:05 AM
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A Movie Star's Independent Mind: 10 Films From Brad Pitt, Producer, As 'Killing Them Softly' Opens Small


"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"

"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.


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.


  • Ron | February 18, 2013 1:14 PMReply

    I want you to listen to my story. I am a 64 year old man who has a son 42 yrs. old that was diagnosed with schizophrenia ~ 6 years ago. I am and always will be his advocate but working through the mental health system in Arizona is less than perfect. In the last 3 years I have also had to deal with the legal system and how they handle the mentally ill. My son spent 7 months in jail without medication and finally released without any charges! In the last 6 weeks he has been re-evaluated and approved for a stay at Desert Vista Hospital in Mesa, Arizona to stabilize him. He has been transferred back and forth to 4 different medical facilities, walked out of the ER because of an improper hand-off between facilities and now has received multiple cat scans at two of these facilities and no one knows how he suffered a subdural hematoma (Blood around the brain). I am documenting all my conversations and believe I have a case but I do not have guardianship. I am working on that as well even though he is still hospitalized. I work for a coalition trying to eliminate the stigma of mental illness and now I want to expose our mental health system. Is there any interest in producing a documentary regarding this issue? I can tell you that the president of our coalition had a son who was exhibiting signs of mental illness and took him to one of the same facilities (Urgent Psychiatric Care -UPC) in Phoenix and had him evaluated. She was told that her son was fine and released him. A short time later her son committed suicide!!! Mental illness and how to treat people as human beings is critical. Please contact me regarding your interest. I am thinking about a book I would write that would be titled "The Deafening Silence-Mental Illness".

    Ron Dominguez
    602 228-3473

  • Do the math | December 3, 2012 1:25 PMReply

    How is making back half the movie's budget ($15M) back the 1st weekend a bad opening?! Also, hasn't it already made over twice that overseas already? There are a lot "weaker" movie box offices out there, but I guess those stars have paid publicists that keep you from attacking and lying about them.