Brad Pitt may be heading off to war … in the 1940s.
Director Quentin Tarantino is courting Pitt to star in his next film: the eagerly anticipated, epic-in-scope WWII action-drama “Inglorious Bastards,” Deadline Hollywood Daily reports.
The news comes just one day after Tarantino finally sent out the script for the long-gestating project — it has reportedly been in the works since 2001 — to four movie studios: Universal, Warner Bros., Paramount and Sony.
Described by Tarantino as a cross between a WWII drama and spaghetti Westerns such as “The Dirty Dozen,” “Bastards” revolves around a group of soldiers who are on their way to be executed but are given a reprieve when they agree to head into Nazi-occupied France on a suicide mission for the Allies.
Should Pitt sign on for the part, it wouldn’t be the first time the in-demand star has uttered the patented cerebral dialogue of the acclaimed “Kill Bill” and “Pulp Fiction” auteur. Pitt had a small but hilarious role as pot-smoking couch potato Floyd in the Tarantino-scripted (but not directed) “True Romance.”
Quentin Tarantino is once more going into battle with the Weinstein Co. as he readies his new screenplay “Inglorious Bastards” for an October shoot.
The writer-director, who has enjoyed a long association with Harvey and Bob Weinstein, is reteaming with them for his long-gestating World War II action tale about a “Dirty Dozen”-like group of soldiers behind enemy lines. The Weinstein Co. will co-finance the film, distribute it domestically and oversee production and worldwide marketing.
Since the production will film in Europe and is looking toward an accelerated production schedule so that it can be finished in time to submit to May’s Festival de Cannes, the Weinsteins are looking to join forces with a major studio to come aboard to co-finance in exchange for foreign rights.
No cast is yet in place, though Brad Pitt’s name has surfaced.
Lawrence Bender, Tarantino’s producer since the days of “Reservoir Dogs,” will produce, with Erica Steinberg, who had producing roles on the “Kill Bill” movies and “Grindhouse,” serving as exec producer.
Repped by WMA, Tarantino acquired the title and remake rights to Enzo Castellari’s 1978 film of the same name, but his screenplay is said to be an original.
Source: Hollywood Reporter