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Brad Pitt Drops 'State of Play'

Brad Pitt Drops 'State of Play'

Brad Pitt has dropped out of State of Play and Universal Pictures is currently trying to replace him, according to Variety.

If Brad‘s character doesn’t recast and get the picture going by Nov. 29, it will begin losing the other actors in the film and Universal can bring a lawsuit against Brad for bailing.

Brad was set to star alongside Edward Norton, Helen Mirren, Rachel McAdams, Jason Bateman and Robin Wright Penn in the Matthew Michael Carnahan-scripted adaptation of the British miniseries. Brad was playing a politico-turned-journalist who spearheads a newspaper’s investigation of a murder, a trail that leads to the fast-rising pol whose campaigns were once masterminded by Brad‘s character.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Brad has pulled out because of script concerns and the script cannot be worked on due to the writers strike.

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# 2

NO ONE CAN FILL HIS SHOES. GET THE SCRIPT RIGHT AND MAYBE HE COULD HAVE PLAYED THE PART.

# 3

1sttttttttttttttttttt

# 4

it was pax’s birthday they should have had another s tart date

LOL

# 5

Yeah. New Thread. :)

# 6

It means family time.maybe baby number 5 on the way.

# 7
GOD BLESS THE JOLIE-PITTS @ 11/21/2007 at 4:57 pm

GOD BLESS THE JOLIE-PITTS!

# 8

Ever since he did The Devil’s Own, which was a nightmare experience because they had a mess of a script and were re-writing it all through the movie, Brad will not start a shoot, if he has serious reservations about it. With the strike, the script has to be shot, as is. As Roo said, it was either hold up production, all together, or give the studio a chance to recast and shoot it in the window.

# 9

Good news, they can have time to make baby # 5.

From IGN.com

Play Time’s Over for Pitt
Star’s pullout leaves State in jeopardy.

November 21, 2007 – Brad Pitt has dropped out of starring in Universal’s political thriller State of Play. The Kevin Macdonald-directed project, which is a remake of a British miniseries, would have re-teamed Pitt with his Fight Club co-star Edward Norton.

The studio said in a statement issued to Variety, “We remain committed to this project and to the filmmakers, cast members, crew and others who are also involved in making the movie. We reserve all rights in this matter.”

Variety says Pitt pulled out early Wednesday “following two weeks of struggle and meetings with director Kevin Macdonald that prevented the film from making its original Nov. 15 production start date.”

Unless the studio can recast Pitt’s role immediately and begin filming by Nov. 29, other cast members — including Norton, Helen Mirren, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright Penn, and Jason Bateman — may start dropping out as well.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Sources said the studio is looking at Johnny Depp, whose own movie Shantaram just got postponed at Warner Bros., as well as Russell Crowe” as possible replacements. The trade adds that “the studio is mulling its legal options and might sue the actor.”

THR claims Pitt dropped out over script concerns, which can’t be addressed due to the ongoing Writers Guild strike. Matthew Michael Carnahan penned the script.

I am not very excited about his on-screen romance with Robin Penn really. I am not a fan of Robin. I think her role in Beowulf is really strange.

no they won`t sue him,It is not the first time actors drop one movie.BTW I think he wasn`t happy with script so he drops it.Thanks JJ for new thread,so much better than last one.

THANK YOU JARED, YOU’RE THE BEST! :)
Well, the family will have more time to spend together. They’re going to have a great holiday season, all together.

Although the casting was quite strong, I believe there was a lot of pressure on the film to be as good as the original BBC series, hence going through several (I think 4) stages of re-writes/writers.

Well, seems like something good came out of this. The Pitt’s will have the opportunity to have a nice long Christmas holiday and
Awww…Shitzo won’t be able to give us an exclusive of Brad from DC anymore. Darn. Yah, f*cking right. I’m glad that instead she’ll have to slave away like a minion covering some lie for her employer. Cancel that ‘ticket’ honey, you ain’t going nowhere. Ha.

well, the man does have a lot going on..I do love to watch him on the big screen..but he cant have every role..i wouldnt want him to anyway..

Just about anybody can replace him. He’s hot but can’t act.

Brad ages like a fine wine.he is more handsome right now,I really don`t like her boyish face.BTW I don`t follow him so won`t comment about the titel but many actors drop movies due to script.It is not a big deal.

I’m sure there was a good reason why he pulled. To be honest this movie did not appeal to me so I am glad he pulled out.

6 question : 11/21/2007 at 4:57 pm

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9 Anonymous : 11/21/2007 at 4:58 pm

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Stop the obsession with Angie’s womb!

Did it ever cross either of your minds that maybe Brad isn’t happy with the script? And with the strike going on there has been no improvement on the current screen — so he chose to pull out of the film. It’s not the first time Brad walk away from a bad script. btw everyone that cared to know, knew Brad wasn’t happy with the script!

And, I bet you Universal won’t sue, either!

Brad has alot more options than many other actors, plus he has that fighting movie with Mark Wahlberg coming up. He doesn’t have to beg anybody for a role. He can pretty much be as choosy as he wants to be.

Angie and the kiddies will be more than happy to have Big Daddy at home through the holidays.

Universal won’t sue him, they’ll just cast him another movie. That’s the way the game is played, and Brad knows what he is doing after all these years in Hollywood.

I’m sure he is looking forward to having at least several months of family time.

when is he going to start shooting “Fighters”?

Just shows Mr Pitt has power. He’s not afraid to walk away from a studio movie.

BTW I doubt J Depp would do a movie if there are script problems.

Brad LINDO!!!!

23 sharon

The Fighter is not suppose to start filming until the fall of 2008. So he will either pick up another movie or will have a long break with Angelina and the kids.

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