Brad Pitt, Warner Bros. get film rights to sci-fi book, ‘The Sparrow’
Variety is reporting that Warner Brothers film studios has acquired the film rights to 1996 novel, The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell The studio has turned over production to Plan B, the film company owned and operated by Brad Pitt.
The story involves a space-age mission by Jesuit priests to make first contact with life on another planet and whether a priests faith can survive the turmoil and tribulations that the encounter brings forth.
It was not released to the press whether the deal also included film rights to Children of God, the 1999 sequel to The Sparrow.
Plan B is developing the script, possibly to star Pitt, possibly not. The company was behind the 2005 Johnny Depp-starring adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roal Dahl, a more faithful adaptation of the book than the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder.
Although at first glance, the pairing of tabloid superstar Pitt with a complex science fiction storyline may seem out of place, the actor has a long-standing association with genre film and television. Starting with a 1989 episode of Freddy’s Nightmares, Pitt has starred in such genre films as Cool World, Interview with the Vampire, Se7en, Twelve Monkeys and Meet Joe Black. Pitt will also star in 2007 in the title role of Benjamin Button, the story of a man who ages in reverse.
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