Fight Club stars Edward Norton and Brad Pitt are reuniting to star in State of Play, Universal Pictures’ adaptation of the British miniseries. Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) is directing the Matthew Michael Carnahan script.
Norton will play a congressman whose speedy political rise is threatened by an investigation into the death of his mistress. Pitt plays a politician-turned-journalist whose relationship with the solon is compromised when he oversees his newspaper’s investigation into the murder and develops a relationship with the pol’s estranged wife.
Variety says the project has been a high priority for Universal since the studio won an auction for rights to the six-hour mini written by Paul Abbott. Tony Gilroy worked on a rewrite of the film, which is on track for a November start.
Andrew Hauptman will produce with Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. Abbott is executive producer.