By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety
Back in March Brad Pitt decided that he would like to turn the adaptation of Lost City of Z into a starring vehicle. There were a couple catches, however, as the production was still missing important assets including a director.
One catch has now been resolved, with We Own the Night helmer James Gray coming aboard to direct.
James Gray to Direct Lost City of Z
Gray has been given the dual responsibility of getting behind the camera and writing the script for the adaptation.
Written by David Grann, the nonfiction book tells the story of Percy Fawcett, who left Victorian society to explore in the Amazon, and he became obsessed by the idea of an advanced civilization he called Z, which he believed existed in the depths of the jungle. Along with his son, Fawcett headed into the jungle in 1925 in search of Z and was never seen again.
Brad Pitt will play Fawcett.
While Gray should have a tough job ahead of him, he's excited about the material.
"This is a terrific opportunity to do something entirely different for me," Gray said. "It is a story that will be told with an epic scale, with a main character who is larger than life."