Disney added another film to its growing list of box-office hits this week.
Almost two years after it was first announced that Brad Pitt might star in a movie about Pontius Pilate for Warner Brothers, Deadline is reporting that neither Pitt nor Warner are attached to the project any more — but the film may still get made by one of the “several financiers” who are “chasing” it.
I’m sitting in a bar, waiting for the Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards ceremony to begin, but I couldn’t let this news go without blogging for too long. Deadline reports that Brad Pitt is “circling” the title role in Pontius Pilate, the politically-charged historical epic that was first announced last summer. This would not be Pitt’s first ancient epic — he famously starred as Achilles in Wolfgang Petersen’s Troy (2004) — but it would, as far as I know, be his first foray into explicitly biblical territory. More later, perhaps.
First, for the handful of obsessive film buffs out there who never read the tabloids, Mr. & Mrs. Smith has nothing to do with the 1940s screwball comedy of that name directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Instead, it is a curious hybrid of action movie and domestic comedy that stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as professional assassins who are married to each other but have kept their jobs secret from one another. Each spouse has all sorts of gadgets and weapons hidden around the house, and each assumes the other has a regular, boring job. And perhaps, in trying to live up to their suburban disguise, they have let things become too boring.