We have confirmed with Paramount Pictures that the studio will partner with GK Films and New Regency in a new film starring Brad Pitt, and directed by Robert Zemeckis (“FLIGHT,” “FORREST GUMP”).
The film will be an original story written by Steve Knight (“THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY,” “DIRTY PRETTY THINGS”) and will be produced by Graham King (“RANGO,” “THE DEPARTED”), who developed the project, alongside Zemeckis and Steve Starkey (“FLIGHT,” “REAL STEEL”).
The epic story will be produced through King’s GK Films banner with Jack Rapke (“FLIGHT,” “REAL STEEL”), Knight, Patrick McCormick (“BLACK MASS”) and Denis O’Sullivan (“THE 5thWAVE,” THE YOUNG VICTORIA”) serving as executive producers.
Zemeckis’ credits at Paramount Pictures include the 1994 blockbuster “FORREST GUMP,” for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director. The groundbreaking film grossed $677 million worldwide and won six Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor for star Tom Hanks. In 2012, the studio and Zemeckis partnered on the critically-lauded, live-action thriller “FLIGHT,” which starred Denzel Washington and received two Academy Award nominations. Presently, Zemeckis is in post-production on “THE WALK,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, slated for an October 2015 release.
King and Knight are also partnered on the action-thriller “THE RED CIRCLE,” a remake of the classic French film “LE CERCLE ROUGE” reset in Hong Kong. Knight wrote the script and King is producing under GK Films.
Pitt most recently starred in “Fury” from Sony Pictures, he is also set to star in “By the Sea,” and “The Audition”. It has been rumored that he could take the lead in “Africa,” which is being directed by Pitt’s wife and ‘Unbroken ‘ director Angelina Jolie. That role has not been confirmed at this time, but if taken, Pitt will be playing Richard Leakey, the film follows Leakey during the 1980s has he took on ivory poachers in Kenya that threatened the existence of the African elephant population. More information on that film will be released as the project moves closer to filming.