By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist October 21, 2010 at 10:51AM
Pitt "Wants" To Star, But It's A Long Way Off From Happening
Brad Pitt's Plan B shingle acquires a lot of stuff. We're not even going to run down the numerous books and screenplays that have crossed their desk with his name linked to the lead role, but needless to say, most of it gets stuck somewhere in development and never ends up happening.
Well, you can add one more for now. According to Liz Smith, Brad Pitt is looking at Jimmy Keene and writer Hillel Levin's "In With The Devil." The book is a true crime story about Keene, a football-player-turned-drug-dealer who gets busted and in exchange for his freedom, offers to get placed in a sanitorium in order to coax a confession out of a serial killer. But a lot of things need to fall into place before this even attempts to go near a camera. No word yet of writers assigned or director's circling or even if it's been officially optioned, but we'd imagine the deal is done or close if word is leaking out. That said, Smith assures that if the cards are dealt the way they should, Graham King and Plan B will produce with Paramount distributing.
The story is definitely an intriguing one and seems ripe for a big screen version, which is why Pitt probably circled it, and the lead role of Keene, in the first place. Check out the Amazon production description that offers a few more details behind the story after the jump:
Jimmy Keene grew up outside of Chicago and was destined for greatness on the football field. By the time he reached his twenties, he was rubbing shoulders with famous actors, porn stars, and the children of powerful politicians. But a few costly mistakes left him with a ten-year prison term and no chance of parole. Less than a year into his sentence, Keene was approached by the prosecutor who put him behind bars. He had convicted another man, Larry Hall, for murder and was fighting his appeal. He offered Keene a deal: Enter one of the most dangerous prisons in the U.S., befriend Hall, and get him to confess to the murder of two young women and tell him where he buried the one whose body was still missing. If he succeeded, Keene would get an unconditional release. If he failed, he’d have no choice but to ride out his term. If he was found out, he could also be killed.
A story that gained national notoriety, this is Keene’s powerful tale of peril, violence, and redemption.