— Brad Pitt will star in James Gray’s action-adventure The Lost City of Z, which is being sold by Inferno Entertainment. It’s based on a true story of a British soldier-turned-explorer who became obsessed with finding a lost civilisation in the Amazon. Pitt’s Plan B is expected to produce.
— Hilary Swank is reuniting with Boys Don’t Cry producer Killer Films. Swank will star in Dreams of a Dying Heart, about a woman soldier who suffers disturbing visions when she returns home after a tour of duty. Shawn Lawrence (House of Sand and Fog) will write and direct. London-based sales agent Intandem will co-produce.
— Pierce Brosnan and Billy Bob Thornton will star in Walter Hill’s St. Vincent, due to start filming in Detroit on July 12. IM Global is selling the film, which is also being financed by Premier National Studios and Quickfire Films. Brosnan plays a hitman who becomes a priest to get close to his target.
— An Education producers Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey are developing Nick Hornby’s novel A Long Way Down for Film4. They hope to shoot spring 2011. Hornby, who wrote the script for An Education, is Posey’s husband.
— Robert De Niro is set to star opposite Jason Statham and Clive Owen in Omnilab Media’s action thriller The Killer Elite. The director is Gary McKendry. Omnilab is fully financing the $66 million project, which started filming last week in Melbourne, Australia. Inferno Entertainment is selling.
— France’s SND is financing and handling international sales on English-language thriller The Tall Man, starring Jessica Biel. The $15 million thriller, about a mother tracking down her child’s kidnapper, starts filming in Vancouver in September. French director Pascal Laugier is making his English-language debut.
— Focus Features is remaking French feature Ressources Humanes (Human Resources) with Frozen River writer/director Courtney Hunt. The producers are Stephanie Danan and Alain Chabat of WAM Films.
— Fox International Productions plans to remake Working Girl for the Russian market. The director is Rezo Gigineishvii.
— Eyes Wide Shut screenwriter Frederic Raphael is penning an adaptation of Ivo Stourton’s novel The Night Climbers for his producer son Paul. Marek Losey is attached to direct. The Night Climbers is a Brideshead Revisited-type story about decadent students.
— West End Films, the London sales agent, has taken on Little Birds, currently shooting in Los Angeles. Juno Temple stars with Kay Panabaker in this story of two girls living in dead-end town. The director is Elgin James and the producers are Jamie Patricof and Alan and Gabe Polsky.
— FilmNation Entertainment has taken on Pedro Almodovar’s next film The Skin I Live In. Almodovar’s El Deseo begins filming this summer. Antonio Banderas stars as a plastic surgeon who exacts revenge on the man who raped his daughter.
— Jon Amiel (Creation) is to direct supernatural thriller Undying, starring Kurt Russell, for Media 8. Jay Cohen at Gersh is handling North American rights with CAA.
— Bankside is selling This Little Piggy, produced by Laura Hastings-Smith, whose Chatroom is playing here in Un Certain Regard. This Little Piggy follows a camping weekend that turns into a fight for survival. Robin Gutch of Warp Films executive produces.
— Revolver Entertainment, the UK producer/distributor, is making two more micro-budget features. Adam Deacon’s Anuvarhood is a spoof of urban gang culture, while Nirpal Bhogal’s Sket is a teenage gang thriller.