Brad Pitt's Lost City Of Z Adaptation Gaining Steam in Cannes
Back in 2008 we wrote a few articles reporting that We Own the Night director James Gray would next be directing an adaptation 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." The project has been in development under the watch of Brad Pitt, who is producing and starring in it. We haven't heard much about this since, but ScreenDaily has an article saying that "buyers have been flocking to" The Lost City of Z at the market in Cannes and that the "red-hot adventure project" may even be Pitt's next film once he finishes Bennett Miller's Moneyball movie.
The trade doesn't have much news to report on its development, but Inferno Entertainment recently came aboard as an international sales agent. It's to be "styled in the vein of Lawrence Of Arabia" which means it'll be a vast and epic Amazonian adventure, but beyond that we don't know much about the script or the budget they're looking for. Considering they're trying to get buyers in Cannes, it doesn't sound like this will have a huge budget, but you never know (look at Alejandro Amenábar's Agora). We're hoping for the best with this and I really do hope Pitt shoots this following Moneyball, as it's one adaptation I can't wait to see.
Grann's book focuses on the British explorer Colonel Percy Fawcett, who went searching for the so-called City of Z in the Amazon, but mysteriously disappeared in 1925. Over the last 80 years, countless explorers have tried and failed to retrace Fawcett's path, including a 1996 expedition of Brazilian adventurers. He is said to have been an inspiration for Indiana Jones and other fictional archaeologists. No one knows what happened to him, which makes me wonder if this script will eventually have Fawcett discover the City of Z (and whoever is there), but still have him die or stay forever. We will definitely keep you updated on this!