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Financing Underway for Steve McQueen's "12 Years A Slave", Brad Pitt Maybe Co-Starring

by Vanessa Martinez
October 24, 2011 8:55 AM
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According to ScreenDaily.com, River Pholad's River Road Entertainment will serve as producer and financer of Steve McQueen's upcoming project Twelve Years A Slave based on the life of Solomon Northrup.

Besides producing and although not confirmed, Brad Pitt is said to co-star along with Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Michael Fassbender. Summit International is reportedly handling the international sales.

The screenplay is adapted from Solomon Northrup's novel about an educated black man Kidnapped from New York and sold into slavery in 1850s Louisiana by John Ridley (Red Tails, Undercover Brother) and McQueen.

Twelve Years has been in development for some time by Plan B, which brought it to River Road. Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Pohlad will serve as producers.

River Road and Summit International last joined forces in financing The Tree Of Life, which starred Brad Pitt.

By the looks of this cast and and the team in place behind its financing, it looks like a high profile project.Twelve is also said to become a major contender in the near future award season.

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7 Comments

  • Donella | October 29, 2011 7:43 AMReply

    Sounds like a winner. I'd pay to see it.

  • kele | October 25, 2011 8:31 AMReply

    Massive! It sure does get better. Best of luck to Chiwetel and McQueen!

  • Orville | October 25, 2011 6:56 AMReply

    zzzzzzz so tired of the slave story. It seems Hollywood places black people in specific categories when talking about the past it is either a civil rights biopic or something deeper in the past is about slavery.

  • Mecca | October 25, 2011 2:45 AMReply

    Lmao @ Vanessa.

    Too funny!

    I'm not sure if I want to see "12 yrs a slave". I mean w/ the amount of white ppl involved in this project.

    I don't think the audience will ever get to see an accurate depiction of Solomon' Northrup's life in the deep south of Jim Crow era .

  • Neziah | October 24, 2011 11:28 AMReply

    John Ridley is hit or miss as a writer, but in McQueen's hands, I'm sure the film will be impressive regardless.

  • Vanessa | October 24, 2011 9:35 AMReply

    Attention: Please cast Nicole Beharie. Thank you.

  • Jug | October 24, 2011 9:33 AMReply

    Now my question, and I am biased (plus hoping for an audition LOL), is how many Black American actors are gonna be in this?

    Seriously, this already sounds like it could be a beast...

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