Emma Stone could be reuniting with director Damien Chazelle, who helmed her Oscar-winning performance in La La Land, and Brad Pitt could be joining her.
Chazelle has a written a script for a project titled Babylon, which is attracting a number of studios. According to Deadline, Stone and Pitt are circling lead roles, although no dotted lines have been signed quite yet. Lionsgate is currently considered to be the frontrunner, inching ahead of studios such as Netflix and Paramount.
Plot details are being kept under wraps for the moment, although the film is expected to be an R-rated (US classification) period piece set around Hollywood’s transition period from silent films to talkies.
THR may be shedding more light, reporting that the film will focus on “the rise and fall of fictional and historical characters” around this key era in Hollywood. The outlet reports that Emma Stone could be playing early box office star and sex symbol Clara Bow, considered to be one of Hollywood’s earliest “it” girls.
It’s shaping up to be a decently sized one – both in terms of potential length and budget. THR reports Chazelle’s screenplay is coming in at around 180 pages in length (a very soft rule of thumb has a script amounting to one page per minute) and the overall production is looking at a budget in the $US80 million-$US100 million range.
Chazelle earned wide acclaim for his breakout second film Whiplash and went on to win Best Director for La La Land. Last year Chazelle delivered his fourth film, Neil Armstrong biopic First Man.
Stay tuned for what unfolds with Babylon; could be exciting stuff.