James Gray Will Direct ‘The Gray Man’

Mark Greaney‘s assassin thriller The Gray Man will be directed for the screen by James Gray, based on a script by Adam Cozad, aka one of the Jack Ryan reboot screenwriters. (Yep, he’s moving on from that whole LOst City of Z stall that happened last year.) The book is about a former CIA man turned assassin who has to fight through special forces teams from across Europe as he tries to save the life and family of his handler.

It’s a basic setup that we’ve seen a bunch of times before — pro killer on the run — and will see many times more. So how will this one be different? Read More »

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From time to time, we have a feature on /Film called “Movie Playlist” where we talk to the writers, directors, and stars about their favorite films. I’ve always found the celebrity playlists on iTunes to be interesting. Most everyone in the film business moved to Hollywood after discovering their love of films. And I’ve always love talking to people about their favorite films. So talking to the people who make the movies about their favorite films just seemed like a natural idea.

We’ve had some great artists tell us their favorites over the years, but we just don’t have the connections to get the likes of Steven Spielberg or Wes Anderson… but Gwyneth Paltrow does. Yes, I said Gwyneth Paltrow. On the actresses’ new website GOOP, she asked “five brilliant directors” to share their “top five DVD rental picks.”
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James Gray To Direct Brad Pitt in The Lost City of Z

We Own The Night director James Gray has signed on to direct Brad Pitt in the big screen adaptation of The Lost City of Z. David Grann’s nonfiction book will be published by Doubleday on February 24th 2009 (available for preorder on Amazon for $18). The official plot synopsis follows:

“A grand mystery reaching back centuries. A sensational disappearance that made headlines around the world. A quest for truth that leads to death, madness or disappearance for those who seek to solve it. The Lost City of Z is a blockbuster adventure narrative about what lies beneath the impenetrable jungle canopy of the Amazon. After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, acclaimed New Yorker writer David Grann set out to solve “the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century”: What happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for the Lost City of Z?

In 1925 Fawcett ventured into the Amazon to find an ancient civilization, hoping to make one of the most important discoveries in history. For centuries Europeans believed the world’s largest jungle concealed the glittering kingdom of El Dorado. Thousands had died looking for it, leaving many scientists convinced that the Amazon was truly inimical to humankind. But Fawcett, whose daring expeditions helped inspire Conan Doyle’s The Lost World, had spent years building his scientific case. Captivating the imagination of millions around the globe, Fawcett embarked with his twenty-one-year-old son, determined to prove that this ancient civilization—which he dubbed “Z”—existed. Then he and his expedition vanished.

Fawcett’s fate—and the tantalizing clues he left behind about “Z”—became an obsession for hundreds who followed him into the uncharted wilderness. For decades scientists and adventurers have searched for evidence of Fawcett’s party and the lost City of Z. Countless have perished, been captured by tribes, or gone mad. As David Grann delved ever deeper into the mystery surrounding Fawcett’s quest, and the greater mystery of what lies within the Amazon, he found himself, like the generations who preceded him, being irresistibly drawn into the jungle’s “green hell.” His quest for the truth and his stunning discoveries about Fawcett’s fate and “Z” form the heart of this complex, enthralling narrative.”

Gray tells Variety that it is “a story that will be told with an epic scale, with a main character who is larger than life.” Pitt would, of course, play the British explorer who is listed as one of the inspirations for Indiana Jones.

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