“This is an exciting project with a great character at the center of it,” a source said.
“The idea is to make this in the style of an epic Western movie but with a few modern touches.
“Brad is perfect for the role and he is being given first refusal.”“
Guess what? First refusal means that Brad has a window of time all to himself to decide if he’s interested in making the movie. Pretty much everything A-list actors and some B-list actors get has that privilege, something I know a little about firsthand as a recent project I’m involved it ground to a halt for over a month as a big name mulled it alongside countless other projects before passing. First refusal means nothing when discussing a film project. It’s something stars get, but if you think that the Rockstar adaptation is the only thing on Brad Pitt’s desk (including others likely with funding, a good creative team, and ones based on successful books, games, comics, and existing movies) then you’re a bonehead.
It’s not news. Also, Red Dead Redemption‘s not a Playstation game. It’s also an XBOX game, the version I chose to buy because the Xbox is better. Shit like this annoys me, because it seems that people still go out of their way to just create buzz out of vapor. Red Dead Redemption is an amazing game with rich storytelling and extremely cinematic elements (though the fact it’s a Western does taint its financial prospects) and it’s from a developer that constantly churns out winners. I don’t think it’d be difficult to envision 100 million bucks being rounded up to make it happen and Pitt’s shown he can bounce between prestige projects and big budget movies effortlessly. He’d make a good lead for it.
But because they sent him the script and gave him an exclusive window to decide if he is interested is nothing. It happens every day to a bunch of people in the movie industry. It means nothing.
On a similar note, Zoe Saldana has first refusal on my penis for the evening.
But at least I got to paste a beautiful image from a Western that Pitt actually made, the delightful and gorgeous The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, a film about as many people have seen as the vaporware Red Dead Redemption flick.