>> Norton & Pitt Want to “Play”

fightc.jpg Edward Norton is getting back in the ring with his “Fight Club” partner Brad Pitt.Duo will star in “State of Play,” Universal Pictures’ adaptation of the British miniseries. Kevin Macdonald (“The Last King of Scotland”) is directing the Matthew Michael Carnahan script.

Norton will play a congressman whose speedy political rise is threatened by an investigation into the death of his mistress. Pitt plays a politico-turned-journalist whose relationship with the solon is compromised when he oversees his newspaper’s investigation into the murder and develops a relationship with the pol’s estranged wife.

Project has been a high priority for Universal since the studio won an auction for rights to the six-hour mini written by Paul Abbott. Though Pitt has long been attached, he had been courted for other pics while Tony Gilroy worked on a rewrite. Pitt recently committed after that script was turned in, and the project is on track for a November start.

Andrew Hauptman will produce with Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. Abbott is exec producer.

Norton will begin shooting “State of Play” days after he wraps “The Incredible Hulk” for Marvel Studios, with Universal releasing the Louis Leterrier-directed superhero film on June 13.




  1. This is in no way related to this post (although I like both of these actors, so good news), but do you know if Paul and Q are competing in the Drafthouse’s BLOODSHOTS competetion as part of Fantastic Fest? I just saw the list of teams that participated in the competition and one of the teams is Bleutuna-Mobius. I can’t recall but I thought Q’s LJ name was bleutuna, so I thought there might be a connection.

  2. “Mobius” is the name of Bleutuna’s Bloodshots film. It screens 9/19 at 9:45 at the Drafthouse Village.

  3. I may need to go check that out then. I’m not gonna get ANY sleep for the next two weeks. Is Brandon, Paul, or Q attending Fantastic Fest this year?

  4. I don’t know.

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