Emma Stone & Brad Pitt are circling Damien Chazelle’s 1920s-Hollywood movie

2017 BAFTA Awards - Winners' Room

Do you ever look back on La La Land and think “REALLY??” Don’t get me wrong – if it had been recognized by critics and the Academy for what it was – a mid-budget, sweet little musical romance – I would feel a lot better about La La Land. But the hype for that movie, my lord. It grimly marched into the awards season, gathering steam and becoming “the favorite,” until Faye Dunaway called the wrong film title and it actually turned out that people loved Moonlight too. Anyway, my point is that La La Land was white nonsense (I said what I said) and that white nonsense would have been more palatable if people didn’t act like Damien Chazelle was Movie Jesus for writing and directing a movie where a white character explained jazz to black musicians. I could rant about this for hours! But I won’t.

In any case, the big story is that Chazelle has written a new script and he’ll be directing it too. He apparently wants to reunite with his La La leading lady, Emma Stone, who won an Oscar for that dumbass role (I said what I said). And Emma’s name isn’t the only one being bandied about: Brad Pitt is apparently “circling” the project too:

Several studios are lining up for Babylon, a script that Damien Chazelle has written to direct as his next film. I’m told that Lionsgate, which distributed the 14 Oscar-nominated La La Land, is considered the frontrunner to land a project described to me as an original drama that is set in period Hollywood at a shifting moment when the business was turning from silents to talkies. Emma Stone, who along with Chazelle won an Oscar for her work in La La Land, is circling to star. Sources said the film is a bold auteur piece with a significant budget and that other studios are in the mix. Rumor was Chazelle had written another musical, but I’m told that is not the case here.

I can add that Brad Pitt also is circling Babylon, the early-Hollywood period drama that is likely to reteam La La Land filmmaker Damien Chazelle with Emma Stone. Sources confirm that Pitt also is in the mix, though neither he nor Stone has made a commitment. I’ve also heard that Babylon is a drama that mixes real and fictional characters and is solidly in the R-rated category. Pitt is about to open opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie in the Quentin Tarantino-directed Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. It’s one of the most impressive screen turns for Pitt in a long time.

[From Deadline]

“An original drama that is set in period Hollywood at a shifting moment when the business was turning from silents to talkies.” Singin’ in the Rain says hi. The Artist says hello as well. F. Scott Fitzerald would also like a word! No, I mean of course Chazelle will openly show his inspirations and it seems clear – just from the description and the title – that he’s leaning into the Roaring-20s-Hollywood inspos from F. Scott and Singin’ In the Rain and more. My fear is that this could be some kind of love story between Brad Pitt and Emma Stone though. What will it be, Brad’s Charlie Chaplin-lite falls in love with a beautiful young “talkie” actress? I hope not. One more thing: I hope Hollywood understands that they don’t have to go to Emma and Jennifer Lawrence with EVERY SCRIPT.

Brad Pitt attends the premiere of  'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood' during the 72nd Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals  in Cannes, France, on 21 May 2019. | usage worldwide

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  1. elimaeby says:

    I truly don’t get her appeal. Don’t get me wrong, she seems like a nice enough person. As an actress, though, I’ve never found her terribly compelling.

    • Gingerbread says:

      Agreed, I don’t find her a good actress at all. She also annoys me off screen, so I could be biased. I feel like everything is Emma, Jennifer, or Margot lately.

    • Becks1 says:

      I’m not a fan either. I find her vaguely annoying on screen. I cant my finger on what it is. In The Favourite, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Coleman both acted circles around her.

    • tealily says:

      I really liked her in Zombieland, but that’s it. I don’t find her annoying, but I expected a lot more out of her after that one and she’s really just fallen flat.

  2. Hmmm says:

    I thought he was retiring? Or is that a lie he’s using again to get people to pay attention to him and give him an Oscar before he retires.

    He’s rolling out Pr moves for the Oscar campaign already..
    Apparently he was spotted making out with someone at universal studios 🤣🤣🤣🤣

    He allegedly had his kids or someone’s kids with him.

    Pix to come shortly.

  3. minx says:

    I don’t like either of them, so…not one I’d see.

  4. Tiffany says:

    A word has not even been put to celluloid and I am already rolling my eyes.

  5. Cindy says:

    Everything about this movie screams Oscar bait.

  6. Jadedone says:

    I cannot watch another film where a young woman falls a man 30 years older then her

    • Original T.C. says:

      Well it’s old Hollywood, the main couples in movies were men in their 50’s and their mid-20’s leading ladies. So yeah this is happening.

  7. Eliza says:

    Lol. No. I hated La La Land… the only good parts were when they were fighting and they stopped those scenes dead with college-film-student dramatic close-ups of their faces.

    And yes, I bet this is a love story between the two. Given Emma and Brad don’t have great singing or dancing skills, can we assume it’s not a musical? Or will it be another shoehorned effort at hitting the marks but not really being good at it?

  8. Winnie Cooper’s Mom says:

    Eh, not impressed. If Damien wanted to do it right, he should team up with Baz Luhrmann. The updated Great Gatsby brought some fantastic visuals.

    As for Pitt, I finally saw Meet Joe Black for the first time over the weekend and thought it was Horrible!!! I don’t know what was most offensive about that movie: the plot, his bleached out hair, or his acting. His face has been his saving grace, but even that is starting to fade.

  9. whatWHAT? says:

    so, Pitt is literally almost twice her age.

    not that I’d have much interest in this film anyway, but putting these two together as romantic interests for each other?…GTFO. Father/daughter I’d buy…but I still wouldn’t see this.

  10. Becks1 says:

    I am here for the criticism for La La Land. We saw it several months after the Oscars, and I was just like…..this is it? It was cute and fun and sweet and a fun way of telling the story, but it did not deserve all the awards and Emma Stone def did not deserve Best Actress for it. Talk about overhyped.

    Because of my feelings for La La Land, I just cant get excited or even interested in even the idea of this new movie at all.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      I tried to watch it, since so many people I know were like “oh, it’s SO great!”.

      like, I tried a few times. but I found it to be so, so boring.

      Ryan Gosling is so pretty, but even that couldn’t get me to stick with the film.

    • lucy2 says:

      I enjoyed it, but in no way thought it should be showered with awards.
      Emma winning for it too seems wrong.

  11. Mary says:

    I Love it

  12. Gessy says:

    One of the most anticipated of the next years already.

  13. Other Renee says:

    The opening scene of LLL was great but it was all downhill from there.

  14. serena says:

    Emma Stone and Brad Pitt? Together? Lord, no.

  15. Original Jenns says:

    I would produce, with my meager salary, any and all films regarding true life Hollywood in the early years. I would give up my Starbucks stars, and my deli punch card. I would sell my boyfriend to play Lupe Velez. Someone show the WDT murder on the big screen! But considering the viewpoint that created LLL, I can’t imagine anything real and gritty, so I’m not very excited.

    • Deering24 says:

      Heh. A CAST OF KILLERS (about the Wm.
      Desmond Taylor murder) is a book I wish had escaped development hell. Would have made a terrific movie.

  16. Texas says:

    I loved La La Land. I thought it deserved the awards. The music was wonderful. The writer is a Justin Hurwitz who is a brilliant composer and musician who also wrote the music for Whiplash. He went to Harvard with Chazelle.

    • Arizona says:

      I loved it too! It’s the only Oscar movie from that year that I’ve watched multiple times, and the dream ending always makes me cry. Although a musical featuring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone is basically a movie tailor-made for me to like, so…shrug. (Whiplash was also great) The scene where she’s doing an audition on the phone and starting to cry and then gets interrupted showcased what a good actress she is, IMO. I will say that I wish they had used dubbing, because the songs in La La Land are pretty dang weak.

      I will totally watch this, although I really hope they don’t try to have them be love interests.

      • Marianne says:

        Me too!! Im not saying its a perfect film. It seems to forget its a musical about half way through and Ryan and Emma aren’t the strongest singers. But, visually I think the film is stunning, and the two leads have such wonderful chemistry together. I love the non-Hollywood ending too.

  17. FuefinaWG says:

    A Cast of Killers or Tinseltown, both about the murder of William Desmond Taylor, the president of the MPDA, would be interesting to make into movies. LLL was a suck-ass movie and I was really pi$$ed when Emma Stone won the award. (So, so undeserving.) Really, Academy members? Really? I kept hoping after it was over someone would come forward and say, “oops, they called out the wrong name.”

  18. Marianne says:

    I actually like all of Damien’s films (including La La Land) so Im definitely interested to see what he does next.

  19. TyrantDestroyed says:

    My favourite film was Whiplash. He should had won all the accolades for it. It’s so beautiful and we’ll made.