Brad Pitt the producer has his eyes on the true-life search for the City of Z, while Brad Pitt the actor has his eyes on the leading role, that of Percy Harrison Fawcett (pictured, left), the man in charge of the expedition when it disappeared, never to be seen again. Wait, did I just blow the ending of “Lost City of Z”? I sure hope not. The movie will be based on the non-fiction book of the same name by David Grann, the manuscript of which Paramount has pre-emptively snatched up before anyone else could get their grubby little hands on it, and will be handling it over to Pitt on a silver platter to produce and star in.
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.
Pitt (pictured, below) is one busy man. Besides “Lost City of Z”, he’s got the spy comedy “Burn After Reading” for the Coen Brothers, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” for David Fincher, and then there’s “The Fighter” for Darren Aronofsky.