Pitt, Norton Reunite for State of Play
BBC classic to receive the American remake treatment.Brad Pitt and Edward Norton are teaming up again.
The two actors, who collaborated on 1999's Fight Club, have signed on to star in Universal's adaptation of Paul Abbott's BBC miniseries State of Play. Kevin MacDonald (The Last King of Scotland) will direct from Matthew Michael Carnahan's script (recently re-written by Tony Gilroy).
State of Play, which earned unequivocal raves during its 2003 run, revolves around the relationship between a politician (Norton) and a journalist (Pitt) whose friendship is tested by a murder investigation. Variety's report includes the following synopsis:
Norton will play a congressman whose speedy political rise is threatened by an investigation into the death of his mistress. Pitt plays a politico-turned-journalist whose relationship with the solon is compromised when he oversees his newspaper's investigation into the murder and develops a relationship with the pol's estranged wife.
Given that the David Yates-directed original is six hours long, the filmmakers will have their work cut out for them when it comes to bringing a feature-length version to the screen. Production is scheduled to begin in November.