EXCLUSIVE: Rubicon Entertainment has entered into a development deal with Cross Creek Pictures for He Wanted The Moon, the film being penned by Tony Kushner. The period drama is a co-production between Brad Pitt’s Plan B and Cross Creek. Brad Pitt is attached to star in the project still a year after he brought the Mimi Baird and Eve Claxton’s memoir himself.

He is particularly interested in the lead role of Dr. Perry Baird, a Texan Harvard-educated doctor who rose in the field of medicine in the 1920s studying the root of manic depression, a condition that ultimately befell him. Mimi Baird is his daughter.

Word that Rubicon has come aboard the Pitt picture comes as they and Cross Creek are also teaming on The French Quarter, developing and producing a TV series based on Gangs Of New York author Herbert Asbury’s early 20th century book about the New Orleans underworld.

Plan B’s Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner are on to produce He Wanted the Moon alongside Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson. Doug McKay, Nathan Grubbs, Robert Kaplan, Marc Senter and Michael Whalen will be executive and co-executive producers on behalf of Rubicon.