Jungle

Pitt and Gray join THE LOST CITY OF Z

We Own the Night director James Gray will direct and adapt the David Gann book The Lost City of Z for Paramount.  The story focuses on the British soldier/spy Percy Fawcett and Brad Pitt is being mentioned for the lead.

The nonfiction book by Grann, a staffer at the New Yorker, will be published on February 24 by Doubleday.  Paramount acquired it earlier this year for Pitt to produce through his Plan B Productions

"This is a terrific opportunity to do something entirely different for me," Gray said. "It is a story that will be told with an epic scale, with a main character who is larger than life."

From Publisher's Weekly:
In 1925, renowned British explorer Col. Percy Harrison Fawcett embarked on a much publicized search to find the city of Z, site of an ancient Amazonian civilization that may or may not have existed. Fawcett, along with his grown son Jack, never returned, but that didn't stop countless others, including actors, college professors and well-funded explorers from venturing into the jungle to find Fawcett or the city. Among the wannabe explorers is Grann, a staff writer for the New Yorker, who has bad eyes and a worse sense of direction. He became interested in Fawcett while researching another story, eventually venturing into the Amazon to satisfy his all-consuming curiosity about the explorer and his fatal mission. Largely about Fawcett, the book examines the stranglehold of passion as Grann's vigorous research mirrors Fawcett's obsession with uncovering the mysteries of the jungle. By interweaving the great story of Fawcett with his own investigative escapades in South America and Britain, Grann provides an in-depth, captivating character study that has the relentless energy of a classic adventure tale.
 

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