Thursday, November 7, 2013

Robert Will Play in "The Lost City of Z"

Robert Will Play in "The Lost City of Z"

Panaroma Media has revived the adventure story The Lost City of Z and will finance and sell. James Gray will direct Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Pattinson in the Plan B production.

From Variety

Panorama, headed by industry vets Marc Butan and Kim Fox, comes to AFM with ''Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'', Jessica Chastain’s ''The Zookeeper’s Wife'' and James Gray’s ''Lost City of Z'', starring Robert Pattinson and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Fox said the evolution of digital platforms has not gained at a fast enough clip to make up for the decline in DVD. ''Zookeeper’s Wife'' is shooting next year and advance sales have been made in 90% of world markets and ''Lost City of Z'' is shooting this summer. And Panorama will be starting sales on John Hillcoat’s crime thriller ''999''.

From The Wrap

David Grann’s acclaimed book serves as the basis for the movie, which Brad Pitt is producing under his Plan B banner.

Robert Pattinson will join Benedict Cumberbatch in James Gray’s ''The Lost City of Z'', an individual familiar with the long-gestating project has told TheWrap.

Brad Pitt was initially attached to star in the adaptation of David Grann’s acclaimed book, though he’s now strictly producing the film through his Plan B banner along with Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Anthony Katagas.

''Lost City of Z'' follows Percy Fawcett, a British colonial who disappeared in the 1920s while searching for a mythical city in the Amazon jungles of Brazil that he believed he discovered on a prior expedition.

Pattinson’s role remains unclear at this time.

Panorama Media will finance ''Lost City of Z'' and handle foreign sales.

While his name alone may bring up various connotations, if one solely looks at the talent alone Robert Pattinson has attached himself to in his post-Twilight career, it’s a wildly impressive resume. Including David Cronenberg, Anton Corbijn, Werner Herzog and David Michod, we now have another top-tier filmmaker to add to the list.

After Benedict Cumberbatch got set to lead James Gray‘s Lost City of Z, a Screen Daily issue at AFM (spotted by The Playlist) reveals that Robert Pattinson is also attached to the project. Described as a ''slightly more hallucinogenic'' David Lean picture by the director himself, it’s based on David Grann’s novel, which follows Col. Percy Fawcett (Cumberbatch) as he embarks on a 1925 expedition in Brazil to find the legendary city of gold known as El Dorado. Instead of returning with riches, he vanished and never returned at all.

As we await more details on this project, particularly Pattinson’s role, check out a new still from the actor’s upcoming Maps to the Stars, which reteams him with David Cronenberg. Featuring Julianne Moore (who just joined a new indie drama titled Still Alice), the cast also includes Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams, Sarah Gadon, and John Cusack, and we’d expect it to land at Cannes next year.

From Indiewire

Last month when we chatted with director James Gray, he cautioned that the fate of his long-developing "The Lost City Of Z" depended on how things panned out at this week's American Film Market. He already put a good foot forward, landing Benedict Cumberbatch for a starring role in the film, and hopefully this latest bit of casting can put it over the top.

Screen Daily reveals in their print issue from the floor of AFM, that Robert Pattinson is also on board the movie, that Panorama Media is financing and selling rights for as well. The movie is being produced by Brad Pitt's shingle Plan B (he was going to star in a previous iteration of the film before it fell apart at Paramount). The film is an adaptation of David Grann's book, telling the story of English soldier-turned-explorer Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett, whose obsession with the Amazon and belief that an ancient civilization resided there led him on many expeditions where he narrowly escaped death. After financing eventually dried up, Fawcett self-funded one last adventure into the Amazon with his son, from which neither returned. We presume Cumberbatch will play Fawcett, and while there's no word yet on Pattinson's role, perhaps he'll play the son ?

As for the tone of the picture, Gray had said to us he's aiming for the epic scale of David Lean but with a “slightly more hallucinogenic feel. Because [the protagonist] went to the jungle and sorta went mad.” So yes, fingers crossed this gets rolling in 2014.

Meanwhile, in case you were worried, Pattinson is still attached to Werner Herzog's "Queen Of The Desert." Recent trade reports about the movie notably didn't have his name among the cast of Nicole Kidman, James Franco (yes, he's confirmed now according to Screen Daily) and Damian Lewis, but rest assured he'll be there. And 2014 spent working with Herzog and Gray ? Nicely done, RPatz.

From Deadline

Benedict Cumberbatch is negotiating to star in Lost City Of Z, which James Gray will direct from a script he adapted. Panorama Media will finance the film and handle foreign sales.

The film is based on the David Grann bestselling book. Cumberbatch is in talks to play Percy Fawcett, who in 1925 headed into the depths of the Amazon jungles in Brazil. Fawcett was there to map the jungle and, hobbled by malaria, he discovered a mythical city he called The Lost City Of Z. Scorned by peers who claimed that this ancient kingdom was a fraud, Fawcett headed back into the jungle with his son and one other, braving the dangers of disease, insects, snakes, poison darts and other hazards to reinforce his discovery. None of them were ever seen again and it remains one of the great exploration mysteries of the 20th Century.

Plan B‘s Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Anthony Katagas (who worked with Cumberbatch on 12 Years A Slave) will produce. Plan B has been developing the project for several years, and it initially seemed like Pitt would be heading into the jungles.

Buyers have been flocking to the project, which is being styled in the vein of Lawrence Of Arabia and is based on Gray’s adapted screenplay of David Grann’s recent bestseller.

The true story takes place in the early twentieth century and charts 30 years in the life of Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett, a former decorated British soldier turned explorer.

Fawcett developed an obsession for the Amazon and became convinced that an advanced civilisation lived within the interior after several adrenaline-fuelled expeditions where he narrowly escaped death from tribal encounters, deadly animals and devastating diseases.

He eventually lost backing for the trips and self-funded a final trek into the Amazon with his son from which neither returned.

From Empire

James Gray’s latest, The Immigrant, hasn’t exactly flown high on the radar despite the presence of Jeremy Renner, Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix in the cast and its appearances at festivals. His next film, The Lost City Of Z, seems destined for much more attention, as it already boasts Benedict Cumberbatch as the lead and has now snagged Robert Pattinson.

After bubbling away in development for a while, the adaptation of David Grann’s popular book once boasted Brad Pitt as the star, but he’s now simply on board to produce via his Plan B company. Cumberbatch took over the lead after entering talks in September and will play Percy Fawcett, who headed into Brazil’s Amazon jungles on a mapping quest in 1925. There, suffering from a nasty case of malaria, he claimed to have discovered a mythical city he called the Lost City Of Z.

When his adventurer peers roundly mocked the idea as a fantasy or fraud, Fawcett gathered up his son and one other companion and headed back into the jungle to prove his point. And that’s the last anyone saw of all three… The Wrap’s report on Pattinson’s addition doesn’t mention whether he’ll be one of the travellers (though it seems likely) or someone who casts doubt on Fawcett’s claims.

Gray is directing from his own script, but there’s no word on when it’ll kick off filming. Pattinson has most recently reunited with his Cosmopolis director David Cronenberg for Maps To The Stars, and has shot David Michod’s Aussie thriller The Rover. He’s scheduled to act in Mission: Blacklist and Werner Herzog’s Queen Of The Desert.

From Moviehole

James Gray’s ‘The Lost City Of Z’ is beginning to take shape as another star is added to the cast.

Already securing Benedict Cumberbatch (”Star Trek Into Darkness”) in the lead role, the film has now welcomed ‘Twilight’ star Robert Pattinson on board, reported Empire.

While Pattinson’s character is not yet known, Cumberbatch will play Percy Fawcett. Interestingly, Brad Pitt was previously expected to play the part however is now involved only as a co-producer, through his company Plan B.

The film, an adaptation of David Grann’s non-fiction novel, will follow the life of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who discovers a mythical city – the Lost City of Z. Following mocking disbelief from his fellow explorers, Fawcett ventures back into the depths of the Amazon Jungle, along with his son and a fellow companion, in search of the magical place. They are never seen again.

No news thus far on when filming will get underway.

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