Brad Pitt, Paramount option Lost City of Z

April 1, 2008  |  3:10pm

Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B, has a brand-new plan. Paramount Pictures, Plan B’s parent company, recently purchased a David Grann manuscript entitled Lost City of Z, the story of an ill-fated British explorer’s attempt to find an elusive, ancient city in the middle of the Amazon.

Lost City of Z tells the tale of Col. Percy Harrison Fawcett, the real-life inspiration for Indiana Jones, who was sent to Brazil in 1925 to search for a legendary city Fawcett called “Z.” He went with his son, Jack, and his son’s best friend, Raleigh. After a final telegraph to Fawcett’s wife on May 29, 1925, the team was never heard from again.

Grann originally wrote Lost City of Z as a New Yorker article in 2005. An expanded version will also be published as a nonfiction book next February.

Pitt will both star as Fawcett and produce Z. No word yet about who will play his ill-fated son, tagalong adventurer, Raleigh, or his poor wife back at home.

Related links:
Press release at Variety
Paste: News: Ed Norton, Brad Pitt reunite for Play
Percy Fawcett on Wikipedia

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