With that kind of buzz, it's only natural that Hollywood would come knocking. The game follows outlaw gone straight John Marston as he's forced to hunt down the members of his former gang for the government. His incentive for doing this good deed? The government is holding his wife and child hostage. Marston then spends the rest of the game engaging in duels, raiding forts, helping the local citizenry, and hunting down his targets.
A film version seems ripe with potential -- and Brad Pitt is currently the front runner to play Marston. Sources close to the project say, "Brad is perfect for the role and he is being given first refusal." I'm not sure he's perfect (he's a little too pretty to play the grizzled and scarred Marston in my estimation), but I can definitely see him in the part.
The source also outlined some plans for what they hope to achieve with the film: "The idea is to make this in the style of an epic Western movie but with a few modern touches." I'm all for more "epic westerns", but that modern touches part makes me a little nervous.
Of course, this is all a big fat rumor at this point -- but it's pretty fun to imagine what a film version Red Dead Redemption starring Pitt might look like.
Hit the jump for another Pitt casting rumor -- this one for a film based on a Dylan song.
Red Dead isn't the only movie Pitt's name is being linked to this morning. Pajiba scored an exclusive bit of information about another film that the actor might star in. According to the site, Pitt could play an outlaw caught up in a life of theft and murder while trying to keep the woman he loves. The part has been previously linked to Johnny Depp.
The film would be based on Bob Dylan's 11-minute long song Brownsville Girl -- and a script is already out there with Winkler Films set to produce. The screenplay (written by Gangs of New York scribe Jay Cocks, at Dylan's request) is being described as a cross between The Shawshank Redemption and Bonnie and Clyde. Those are pretty good films to emulate.
The project is generating heat once again (it's been around for some time) because Crazy Heart's Scott Cooper is considering directing. Of course, Cooper's got a lot of potential projects on his plate, so it remains to be seen if this one will actually materialize into anything.
I think Pitt would be an interesting choice for both of these films -- particularly the Dylan one. Could you see him playing either role? Sound off below.