World War Z 2 seems to be in a bit of a bind at Paramount after being pulled from it’s release schedule this week along with a Friday the 13th movie nobody cared about. That leaves Brad Pitt a fair bit of time to work on some other projects in the mean time and it looks like he could be falling into the sci-fi genre with James Grey’s Ad Astra.
Brad Pitt would produce the film under his Plan B production company which sponsored Gray’s latest film The Lost City of Z starring Charlie Hunnam. Pitt was also rumored to be the star for Gray’s other film The Gray Man. Hopefully with the delay to WWZ2 they can get David Fincher on board to helm the sequel while Pitt, Plan B, and Paramount can figure out the logistics of the sequel.
Gray had these words to share on his next project:
I want to try and do something specific and rather different, and the intention is to make a film which is almost science fact, and it takes place entirely in space. I had read about NASA trying to find ‘emotionally — what’s the right word — ‘undeveloped’ people to travel to Mars, because being cooped up for a year and a half is very difficult. So the idea that I had was to sort of mix a kind of Conrad-ian story, a ‘Heart of Darkness,’ with the idea in which NASA has made a miscalculation about one of its astronauts, who cannot handle deep space. So the idea is a kind of mental breakdown in space, and to do it almost like Apollo footage: incredibly realistic — so no sound in space, obviously — and to do it distinguishing itself with the idea that, in a way, human beings need the earth.
It seems like Gray has had struggles getting his projects up and running in the past, but luckily his luck is quickly turning around. The film will focus more on the science aspects of story rather than it be sci-fi with lasers and aliens (that we know of). Gray is quoted saying he wants to make a sci-fi film that is “conceptually amazing, not just visually amazing”.
The film is said to be starting production and filming this summer.