Brad Pitt to play leading role in Red Dead Redemption movie?

Hollywood sources say prolific heartthrob actor will play John Marston in film based on Rockstar Games' popular Western.

Source: Hollywood news site Showbizspy.

What we heard: In November 2009 Brad Pitt's production companies Reliance Big Entertainment and Plan B Entertainment bought the rights to the forthcoming Dark Void film, but that may not be the only movie project tied to the storied actor.

Sources told the Hollywood news outlet Showbizspy that Brad Pitt is the "hot favorite" to star in an upcoming film based on the events of Rockstar Games' critically lauded and commercially successful Western, Red Dead Redemption. The sources say the Fight Club and Meet Joe Black star will play the game's troubled protagonist, John Marston.

See the resemblance?

“This is an exciting project with a great character at the center of it,” a source told the Web site. “The idea is to make this in the style of an epic Western movie but with a few modern touches. Brad is perfect for the role and he is being given first refusal.”

Unfortunately, the report did not include the names of possible supporting cast members, a projected release date for the film, or any other details on the project.

The official story: A Rockstar Games representative told GameSpot, "We do not comment on rumor or speculation."

Bogus or not bogus?: Today's rumor is the first mention of a Red Dead Redemption film. While fans may be excited about the prospect of a film based on the game, if the project is real, it's likely only in the very early planning stages.

Further, Pitt is one of Hollywood's biggest stars, and he is likely offered "first refusal"--the ability to be the first actor to say no to a project--frequently. If the project is indeed real, Pitt may pass on the project, leaving the Marston role open to another actor.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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BigJohnWV
BigJohnWV

Oh no, not him. If anybody deserves to be John Marston it would be Karl Urban. Hopefully they can get Lee Majors to play the Marshall as well.

youngsexynerd
youngsexynerd

well pitt and depp r probaly the 2 best and most wanted actors and my 2 favorite so anything with one of them in it will be nothing short of amazing!!!

TXGAMER7
TXGAMER7

@Cloud-Zehro man you need to pay attention to movies. i highly doubt you don't

dagrimmreepa
dagrimmreepa

WHY would you wanna make a RDR film? I mean, it's a western...Tweak the story, change the names and you have an original film.

SaeeD22000
SaeeD22000

It's cool. Brad Pitt is an actor who can play every role in the films. I guess he can be jihn marston.

phatmatt030
phatmatt030

This would be great. Especially if you have seen him play legends of the fall, you can see him play in this movie.

dRuGGeRnaUt
dRuGGeRnaUt

I think they should just use the ENTIRE cast of Full House, in all their current glory! Just think about it?!! Danny Tanner as John Marston?? I guess you could always get the cast of Family Matters to do it if the Full House bunch is too busy because of all their success.. (OR) You could have the Full House cast play the good guys, and Family Matters play the bad guys.. Think about it Carl(family matters) could be Bill Williamson VS Danny Tanner(john marston) It would practially write itself.

DPoolX
DPoolX

Josh Brolin as Marston Daniel Day-Lewis as Dutch Quentin Taratino as Director (I could see Eastwood too.) That COULD be a winner

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

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racer4ever123
racer4ever123

justin bieber should b the 1 sucking brad pitts coc*

peanut-butter
peanut-butter

@TheVGamer In the movie, they would take out all the hours you spend riding on your horse to get to a mission.

TheVGamer
TheVGamer

I don't understand how can they make 20+ hrs game into a movie?? It's just impossible! They better port the game on PC...

Mysterywriter
Mysterywriter

I just love how everyone has an opinion on a movie that's NOT even confirmed as being true. Rockstar isn't commenting on Rumors about the movie or its supposed star and yet....LOL

MagusShade
MagusShade

"Clint Eastwood should make a cameo appereance to play Landon Rickits." @Digital_DJ_00 No the perfect person to play Ricketts is Sam Elliot. Google search him and ull notice how he looks and acts EXACTLY the same =P

SDSkarface
SDSkarface

Ahem Prince of Persia starring Jake Gyllenhall anyone? anyone? /crickets chirp.

blackfray
blackfray

without Clint Eastwood, a western movie feels empty no matter how good it might get but frankly this is gonna be another failed movie based on games.

SDSkarface
SDSkarface

Just as how games based on popular films always suck balls, the reverse is also true.

Digital_DJ_00
Digital_DJ_00

Clint Eastwood should make a cameo appereance to play Landon Rickits.

Reiken37
Reiken37

I have a list... of companies who have lost my respect by making stupid decisions like making movies of video games who's bulk of gameplay(which I found epic and emmersing) is small storyless quests and playing blackjack. The actual storyline would last about an hour, the side stories taking up 3 hours. Rockstar, welcome to the list.

Cloud-Zehro
Cloud-Zehro

@TXGAMER7 The fact you said... Quentin Tarantino... And the best? In the same post!?!? Makes everything you just said seem retarded.

TXGAMER7
TXGAMER7

WWWWWWHHHHHYYYY????? AGAAAAIIINN???? another...MOVIE based off of a GAME??????WITH THE WRONG CHARACTER????? lol they need da guy whole plays wolverine not brad pitt(dont care about his country impersonations). maybe jus maybe...Quentin Tarantino...directs it, it'll be the best

TxtBin
TxtBin

Ahhh why do they always have to ruin the source content by creating these crappy movies? Prince of Persia had so much hype and cast and technical side seemed promising but I just though it was a waste of time. If Red Dead Redemption does come out, I expect a lot of violence. The last thing I want to see is a toned-down spaghetti western with plenty of cheesy moments. I honestly dont see it working, unless they work from a completely new plot, its just gonna be a fail as far as I'm concerned.

method115
method115

@ runstalker I didn't know Pitt was doing that for Lousiana thats awesome. He always seemed like a cool guy anyways so it's not surprising to hear. The only real drama I've ever really heard was about the Angelina/Aniston thing. Other then Pitts personal life I think he's a good actor. He's not mind blowing or changing the game in the film industry but it's hard to recall many movies he's in that I don't like.

Barighm
Barighm

No way will Pitt do it. As for a movie based on the game...won't feel much different than any other western, will it? Unless the plot is right out of the game, why bother?

Hercules321
Hercules321

I dont care where, but please but Clint Eastwood in this film somewhere, anywhere. Heck, make him the old crazy guy who's looking for flowers for his skeleton wife. You can never not have enough Eastwood haha.

punkdsk8erdude
punkdsk8erdude

If they get a great screenwriter, a strong supporting cast besides just brad pitt (he isnt enough alone), and really stay true to the interesting story behind John Marston, this could make for the come backs of westerns in cinema. It has potential, so long as they don't get some s*** writer and s*** cast and low budget to make this into another crap game based movie.

GeneralKF
GeneralKF

Danny DeVito should play one of the feds.

Aesahaettr
Aesahaettr

@ microsoft 167 Damn right. If I wasn't lazy and cared more for RDR I would start a petition as Brolin IS Marsten in all but name.

runstalker
runstalker

Pitt is in the midst of signing on for another 150 rebuilt houses for 4-5 person families in Louisiana, literally re-filling some hurricane-demolished streets. As much as he gets roped into the trash media's coverage (usually preying on wife/kids), he's good people. He tends to choose excellent scripts as well. If he actually signs on to RDR, it gives the movie sudden potential.

-SAMCRO
-SAMCRO

josh brolin as marston ed harris as leigh johnson jackie earle haley as seth jeremy renner as bill williamson ron perlman as edgar ross burt reynolds as dutch

issizots
issizots

lol i posted it backwards, oops... also IM SO MAD AT ROCKSTAR FOR letting that damn multiplayer glitch ride out and let whomever exploited it KEEP their legendary statuses instead of RIGHTFULLY and FAIRFULLY for ALL OF the REST OF US put their experience level back to where it were before, i'd have the platinum for this game if i'da been one of the ppl to exploit the glitch and got to the max level... so sad...

issizots
issizots

posses!! but in reality the game isn't as big as it seemed, as ONE train is only in the game.... Would be nice also being it's based on true american history of how the west downed itself down, why couldn't they make it bigger and make zones as states, hence the north being part of colorado, the west being california, the south being mexico, the east being maybe or mostly large portions of texas and the middle being arizona! and how about an expansion pack to bring oregons western heritage into motion! i don't know what i'm talking about lol, i'm just day dreaming on hwo i WISHed the game would have turned out being they'd been on this game 5 years plus, i most certainly would have expected a MUCH larger default sandbox map ATLEAST and WAYYYYY MORE hideouts to raid!!! Also it would be SO COOL if there were DLC for the game that put us players in the shoes of davie crockett and play at the alamo and such. Putting truthful history in video games only makes them MOREFULLY EDUCATIONAL and better and more accepting for parents regardless of the violence. I've learnt A TON of my knowledge just from video games. Hell i'm sure A TON of people didn't know what an EMP was until they play COD.... learning experience people... nothing wrong with learning and haveing fun!!

issizots
issizots

Time to grow that hair back out MR. Brad Pitt!! Reprise the days of your Troy(achilles)/interview with the vampire days and rock on brotha! I think you could make a good john marston, and PLZ MAKE THIS AN EPIC atleast two and a half our movie!! IF NOT make it a trilogy!! Red Dead Redemption I HOPE also will come out with a follow up red dead redemption 2 so we can play a FULL game based on johns son and watch the west truely die and transpire to the industrial age!! I am MOST dissapointed though that the game as what i was most looking foward to was robbing trains with our

Sticker704
Sticker704

The man from blackwater rdr engine animation was good. I'm sure this will be decent aswell.

badman11226
badman11226

When the hell is this going to stop man, does every great videogame have to turn into a movie. Stop being so damn greedy man.

badman11226
badman11226

When the hell is this going to stop man, does every great videogame have to turn into a movie. Stop being so damn greedy man.

Fitsock
Fitsock

Sawyer and Brolin both look just like Marston...still...Pitt all the way!

microsoft167
microsoft167

"I am a jelly doughnut" -John F. Kennedy

microsoft167
microsoft167

@Aesahaettr OMG, I could totally see him doing it...he would probly be the best pick, if he'd do it. Someone should start a petiton or something. But not me.......maybe later.

jaredcrazy3232
jaredcrazy3232

the RDR plot is very consistent with regular western movies, I could see the transition seamless. Just get Robert Duvall to produce it.

Aesahaettr
Aesahaettr

Like Absolut Gamerz said, Sawyer from Lost would be good. But seeing as the voice for Marsten and the face look so much like Josh Brolin who played Llewelyn Moss in No Country For Old Men I think Brolin IS Marsten and by far the best actor to play him.

MrPilgrim
MrPilgrim

assassination of jesse james was good for the first half hour, then it was long and drawn out... the book was better

McLarty
McLarty

The assasination of Jesse James Vol. 2

Aspire85
Aspire85

If this happens, I'd put money on it flopping like the Max Payne movie did.

Asheileon
Asheileon

More sh!tty movies made out of good games :(

Stanton_4
Stanton_4

I think they could pull the movie off... Viggo Mortenson could pull it off maybe BUT Brad Pitt is the man! Movies don't ruin video games btw. Video Games ruin movies... haha

absolut_gamerz
absolut_gamerz

yeah.... i think that 'sawyer' guy from lost is absolutely perfect for John Marston role... rather than brad pit.

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

one thing....dont make the movie.It saves our time and the producers money

aGOODdude
aGOODdude

hells no I don't see the resemblance... Don't do it Rockstar, don't sell the movie right!