It was just the other day that I discussed about Matt Damon’s directorial debut, as he is set to adapt a story based off of a New Yorker article about the political corruption in Colombia. The article, “A Murder Foretold“, was written by David Grann and I found myself completely immersed in it, consuming me entirely as I obsessively read the 15 page article.
Well, David Grann has another one of his works coming to the big screen, but this time it’s his book, The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon.
The story tells of an expedition, led by Percy Fawcett, journeying through the Amazon jungle. During their journey through Brazil, Fawcett discoveries an ancient mythical city he simply called “Z”. Unfortunately, the explorer was sick with malaria and was unable to do much investigating. He returned home to the United Kingdom and reported his findings. Much to his dismay, no one believed the man and said the jungle and the disease had gotten the best of his mind. To prove his claims, Fawcett, along with his son, Jack, and his friend, Raleigh Rimell, set off to relocate the city. Sadly, the expedition group disappeared into the jungle and were never seen again. Their expedition is still one of history’s biggest mysteries.
It’s a fascinating story and an incredible book that has been in talks of being made into a movie for quite some time. Rumors were swirling that Brad Pitt would be taking on the film, as producer and star, but those talks have been long dismissed. Now, Benedict Cumberbatch is in negotiations to star in the film as Percy Fawcett, according to Deadline. The Star Trek Into Darkness star has had his name attached to several projects, including Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak and even J.J Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, but we now know he’ll be starring in Lost City of Z.
Brad Pitt is still producing the film with Plan B and the film will be written and directed by James Gray (We Own the Night).
I am incredibly excited for this film and have been waiting for it for quite some time. It’s one of the more fascinating stories I’ve ever read and leaps off of the pages. At times, the story is hard to believe and even feels similar to a Indiana Jones story, but nothing about it is fake. It rises into a suspenseful thriller about one man’s obsession and pulls you right into the jungle. I highly recommend the book.
What are your thoughts on the project? Have you read the book? Are you excited to see Cumberbatch in the jungle?
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