In recent years Brad Pitt (True Romance, Thelma & Louise) has seemed to grow a particular affinity for films set back during World War II. First he teamed up with Quentin Tarantino back in 2009 to become Nazi hunter Lt. Aldo Raine in Inglorious Basterds, and later this year we will see him lead a tank squad in David Ayer's Fury. Today word has come down from Deadline that Pitt is now looking to add a third title to that list - though he's doing so with a project much different than the last two.
The film doesn't have an official name just yet, but is described by the source as a romantic thriller set during World War II. Writing the script is Steven Knight, who first garnered attention in 2002 for his movie Dirty Pretty Things:
Which he followed with Michael Apted's Amazing Grace and then David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises:
Most recently, Knight both wrote and directed the thriller Locke (out here in the US later this year) which stars Tom Hardy as a construction manager who finds his entire life unraveling after receiving a phone call on the way home from work:
The deal between Pitt and the project's producing company, GK Films, hasn't been completed yet, but Deadline says that things are "serious." Once the deal is signed the hunt will begin for a big name director who will get production rolling "early next year." What the Oscar-nominated star has planned to do between now and then is a bit of a mystery, as he regularly has many irons in the fire and has the power to pick and choose projects, but it's worth noting that there are plans for a World War Z sequel and that last December brought word that Pitt may reteam with Tom Cruise for the racing drama Go Like Hell.
Hopefully this new World War II romantic thriller will be worthy of the talent it's attracting.