Warner Bros. gears up for THE MISSION and SWEAR TO GOD

Julian Stark

by: Julian Stark
June 29th, 2011

Warner Bros. wants Brad Pitt for THE MISSION

Warner Bros. is tackling both the serious and the silly today. Deadline Hollywood reports that the studio is seeking Brad Pitt to star in the Colombian hostage pic THE MISSION. What’s more, David O. Russell expresses interest in directing the film, which will account for the collaboration between Colombian and American forces to help free hostages held in the Colombian Jungle by FARC.

This all makes perfect sense considering how war movies with an emphasis on real-life events have been all the rage in Hollywood since Osama bin Laden was killed. It definitely sounds like it has potential to be a terrific war thriller, especially if Russell and Pitt hop on board.

Deadline Hollywood also relays that Warner Bros. has purchased the rights to a pitch called SWEAR TO GOD. The film centers on an investment manager who believes to have encountered God. The pitch comes from Alan Freedman and Alan Cohen, who wrote last year’s financially successful but critically dismissed comedy DUE DATE; Will Ferrell is already on board to star in the film.

It sounds like a rather silly project, but if anyone can make silly work, it’s Will Ferrell. When cast in the right film, he can turn otherwise unfunny moments into side-splitting laughter, and this project sounds outlandish enough to do the trick.

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