Red Dead Redemption is, by all accounts, a really great game, and what’s more insanely popular. So it’s no surprise that Hollywood might be interested in adapting it for the screen (and let’s face it, inevitably ruining it) even though they could probably do just as well writing an original western. Hollywood never does something original where an adaptation would do. So it’s entirely possible that at some point someone really will try to turn Red Dead Redemption into a movie, but could it be Brad Pitt that does it? ShowbizSpy thinks so, which probably means it isn’t happening, since they’re almost always dead wrong.

But let’s have a little fun with the rumor anyway. They say Brad is “the hot favorite” to play the lead John Marston in a movie based on the popular Red Dead Redemption video game. I don’t know what it means to be “the hot favorite”. It could just mean that the person who wrote the article thinks he looks good with his shirt off. In fact, that’s almost certainly what it means because, again, this information does come from a celebrity gossip blog. They offer no further information, so fun with rumor time over.

If we were a less creative, lazier website, this would be the spot where we would now copy/paste in a synopsis of the game stolen from somewhere else. But we do care, so I’m going to do my level best to tell you what Red Dead Redemption is all about in my own words, and I’ll probably do a better and quicker job of it than a copy/pasted stolen synopsis would anyway. Well I would have, if I hadn’t done all this bragging about just how good I am at my job first. I’m a peacock, you have to let me fly.

Red Dead Redemption’s story takes place in the waning days of the old west, in 1911, and follows a former outlaw named James Marston. Marston’s on a mission to hunt down his old gang and bring them to justice, blackmailed into doing it by the government, which holds his beloved wife hostage.

It’s a Rockstar game, they’re the same people who brought the world Grand Theft Auto, so that means plenty of gritty, realistic violence which should translate well on film. And Brad Pitt has proven he’s badass when it comes to playing an old west outlaw. He was better then he gets credit for in the also better than it gets credit for Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. It’d be great to see him strap on a pair of guns again, even though there’s absolutely no way this rumor is true, and this will never happen.

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