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Josh Brolin Looks to Direct and Star in Adaptation of 'Pitz & Joe'

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December 1, 2010
Source: The Playlist

Josh Brolin

Though audiences are used to seeing him on the big screen in films like No Country for Old Men, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, and sadly Jonah Hex, it looks like actor Josh Brolin is ready to step behind the camera for a new project. Pajiba reported via Twitter that the actor was interested in writing and directing an adaptation of Dominique Cieri's play Pitz & Joe, a story which follows a young woman and her brain-damaged brother. However, The Playlist has since learned that Brolin is only looking to direct the film with an eye towards starring in it as well. As for writing responsibilities, Maya Forbes (Monsters vs. Aliens) is behind the script.

Set five years after the brother's accident, flashbacks are employed in the story to examine the relationship between Pitz and her brother Joe, a divorced painter and a onetime junkie severely brain-damaged in his motorcycle accident. The play's director Stephen Burdman said of the play, "It’s a beautiful blend of the past, and how you work through the past to get to the future. The reason it’s so beautiful is that it’s deep set in true family love. To me, it’s about being alive. But it’s not goo-goo sweet. It’s bittersweet but light, charming. [Dominique's] writing is inspired; it has the poetry of Bruce Springsteen lyrics.” Sounds like quite a powerful and intimate drama that cold make a decent run on the festival circuit.

As for Brolin's directing talents, he's only previously helmed a 2008 short film called X featurig his daughter Eden in the lead role. However, since the actor has worked with the such filmmakers as Joel & Ethan Joen, Woody Allen, Paul Haggis and Oliver Stone, he's likely picked up some pointers along the way. But for now Brolin is shooting Men in Black 3D, and it's not clear how soon this adaptation might get off the ground. Stay tuned as the project develops. Anyone interested?

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  • Josh actually developed his acting chops in a stage production of Pitz and Joe that was part of Geva Theatre's Reflections new plays festival back in the late '80's, early '90's. Geva is in Rochester, NY, and for several summers, Josh spent an extended time as part of the repertory group of actors who performed in the plays. Directed by Anthony Zerbe, Pitz and Joe was a two actor play, with Bari Hochwald playing his sister. The script was funny and heartbreaking, and was by far, the strongest of all the plays performed during the Reflections run. The chemistry between Bari and Josh was strong, as were their performances. After its run at Geva, Anthony, Josh and Bari took the play to other venues around the country. I am excited that Josh has chosen to further promote this piece.
  • Robbie
    I freakin' love Brolin, I'm already excited.
  • @ #1, Julie, Wow. Thanks for that onslaught of information! Now we know his connection to the material goes back to his early acting days. That might be one of the most helpful comments in the history of the site! Well done!

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