Brad Pitt Packing Up and Moving Away from 'The Lost City of Z'
After just hearing the actor was reuniting with Casey Affleck and director Andrew Dominik for Cogan's Trade, it looks like Brad Pitt has also removed himself from a project. Vulture reports that the actor has left the gestating adaptation of of David Grann's book The Lost City of Z, an epic about a British explorer lost in the Amazon searching for the mythical City of Z. Last we heard the James Gray directed adaptation was getting the attention of a lot of buyers at Cannes, with Pitt playing the lead role of Colonel Percy Fawcett who led the 1925 expedition only to vanish inexplicably. Fortunately, Pitt's departure is a little easier to explain. Read on!
Vulture says Pitt's decision to leave came from "an impasse with Paramount" regarding how much director James Gray was getting paid for the gig. It's unlikely that Gray was getting paid too much for Pitt's tastes, so Paramount was likely trying to screw the director with a lowball paycheck. However, it's unclear if Gray will still stick with the project now that Pitt has exited. Without a big name star attached, I'm sure far fewer buyers are interested in the project as well. Whether the project will scramble to find a new star or director remains to be seen, but we'll keep you posted as this story develops. Anyone disappointed?