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Pitt don't Play that

11.22.2007
Talk about a big blow: Brad Pitt has left his next movie STATE OF PLAY. The film was going to reunite Pitt with his FIGHT CLUB costar Ed Norton, and was supposed to start filming last week, but after a series of meetings with his director Kevin MacDonald (THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND), Pitt failed to see eye to eye and opted out of his deal with Universal. The studio plans to recast the role by the end of the month, but if they canít, they reserve the right to sue Pitt. Are they sure they want to go up against God?

The studio will of course have to cast primo talent to replace Pitt, but heís probably the biggest male star on the planet, and that's irreplaceable, like the Beyonce song. But then again, Pittís never been known for his box-office clout. Okay, as far as jaw-lines go, you canít replace him. With the strike delaying ANGELS & DEMONS and SHANTARAM, rumours are that Universal is in the hunt for Tom Hanks or Johnny Depp to come on board. Not bad, Universal.

Pitt leaves behind one of the most impressive casts in recent memory, with the aforementioned Norton, Helen Mirren, Rachel McAdams, Jason Bateman, and Robin Wright Penn all biting his dust. Pitt was set to star as an investigative reporter trying to solve the murder of a congressmanís mistress. The script was originally written by Matthew Michael Carnahan and based on a BBC miniseries.

Apparently, Brad wasnít happy with the direction of the script after several rewrites, and left the project after it didnít match up to his vision. Maybe he should try directing sometime. The real losers in this whole tragedy are Zahara, Maddox, Shiloh, and the new one, because meeting Jason Bateman would have been f*ckiní rad.

Extra Tidbit: Tony Gilroy, who wrote the BOURNE trilogy and directed MICHAEL CLAYTON, performed a small rewrite on this script.
Source: Variety

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