Brad Pitt Adapting Red Dead Redemption Game?

Probably not, but that’s the current going rumor from Showbizspy, who claims that Pitt is currently planning to make a movie version of the Rockstar Games title “Red Dead Redemption”.

Unnamed “sources” tell the site that Pitt would play John Marston, the lead character in the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 game, which I’ve heard being called the “Grand Theft Auto” of Westerns, in that the game offers a “free” world where players can go anywhere and do anything besides the actual game’s running storyline. Basically, instead of the hookers and junkies of “GTA”, you can now randomly beat up saloon bums and prostitutes. Or so I’ve been told.

Wiki has this on the game’s storyline:

Most of the game’s story takes place in the year 1911 in the American Old West and follows John Marston, a former outlaw, while he sets out to hunt down his former gang members. Marston’s wife and son are taken hostage by the government in exchange for his services. Having no other choice, he sets out to bring his three former gang members to justice.

Obviously you shouldn’t take this rumor too seriously. After all, Rockstar Games’ “Grand Theft Auto” has been rumored as a movie for years now, and that game sold like a bazillion copies and still no movie. I doubt if “Red Dead Redemption”, especially since it’s a Western (and we know how much the American moviegoing public looooooooooves Westerns, just as Brad Pitt and the guys who made “The Assassination of Jesse James”), will get made before the more notorious and successful “GTA”.

But in case you’ve never heard of the game before, here’s a trailer that introduces the main character, John Marston: