Brad Pitt Interested in ‘Red Dead Redemption’ Movie

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 28th, 2010 at 6:00 pm,

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Certainly the most publicized and arguably one of the best video games to debut in 2010 thus far is that of Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption. Instead of stealing cars and wreaking havoc downtown Grand Theft Auto style, Rockstar’s six years of development on Red Dead Redemption lets us jump into the old west to ride horses, hunt wildlife and track down your old gang members.

Gone are Uzis and Bazookas as we welcome six shooters and classic wooden rifles in the first game I’d label a real interactive cowboy simulator. Red Dead Redemption is possibly the most expensive video game ever made and you can see why while riding through the beautiful vast open world it takes us to. It features a story ripe for feature film adaptation and that’s precisely what Brad Pitt plans to do.

According to Showbiz Spy, Brad Pitt is looking to adapt the Game of the Year contender into a movie although absolutely no details are present and they don’t know much about the game what consoles it’s on. We also don’t know who has the rights to the project but their sources claim that Pitt is the favorite for the part and has been given first refusal rights. Take this is a big rumor.

The source continues:

“The idea is to make this in the style of an epic Western movie but with a few modern touches.”

While it’s no surprise at all that Red Dead Redemption will get a movie made from it, it’s interesting (and exciting) to see one of Hollywood’s biggest names associated with it. With Jon Favreau working away on Cowboys and Aliens and the Coen Brothers’ True Grit debuting this December, it looks like Westerns are making a bit of a comeback (Ignore Jonax Hex).

As we all know, video game movies always seem to end in an awful product but Red Dead Redemption *should* be different. It has strong characters, strong dialogue and a strong story already there – they just have to make a classic Western movie out of it. I say that as if it’s simple but we know how easily a studio and director can ruin this property like so many other video game franchises before.

The tale of Red Dead Redemption takes place in 1911 and follows protagonist John Marston, an ex-gang member whose family is held captive by government agents to force him to hunt down his old associates. Traveling from New Austin to Mexico and meeting some very memorable characters along the way, the game lets players experience the Old West like never before, with gameplay elements including authentic horseback riding, poker games, cattle herding to good ol’ gun fighting.

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Brad Pitt as John Marston in Red Dead Redemption movie?

Brad Pitt played a cowboy as the title character in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and I can certainly picture him as John Marston, the silent but deadly lead in Red Dead Redemption. Get a tan, longer hair, some grime and scars and bingo!

[Update: There's a lot of discussion about whether or not Pitt is the right guy and today I thought Sean Bean would be perfect for this part - he just has to disguise the accent. Thoughts?]

If you happen to own a PlayStation 3 or an Xbox 360, this is a must-own title. Read our Red Dead Redemption posts on Game Rant.

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Source: Showbiz Spy

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  1. I think Hugh Jackman should do it, looks closer to Marston to me. (Xmen orgins)

    • Exactly what I was thinking, just watching Wolverine now and thinking how great he would be for the role (:

    • Yeah he may be able to pull it off…but John Marston has a VERY distinct voice and I feel his voice is a huge part of his character. Who has that gruff, raspy voice? The actor would need to pull that off. I don’t think Pitt could nail that and I’m not so sure Jackman could either

  2. Brad Pitt has a “smirky” character in his acting.
    Marston is too jaded for Pitt to pull off authentically.
    I think Thomas Haden Church because facial structure and voice are perfect fit.

    http://www.therichest.org/cdn/194/178/75/t/wp-content/uploads/Thomas-Haden-Church2.jpg

  3. HUGH JACKMAN OR MARK WALLBERG WOULD BE BETTER

  4. Anson Mount should play the part of John Marston. He looks just like the character in the game.

    • Heck yea, Anson is a great actor and the work on H*ll on Wheels shows being in a western wouldn’t be an awkward situation. Plus he has the raspy voice and southern accent being from georgia or mississippi. It would be a pretty awesome movie. Thomas Haden chruch would be a good fit but anson already looks like marston. Pitt eh might be able to pull it off, but it would need a decent supporting cast. Pitt could easily be Bill Williamson. Haden Church could play Dutch. Slap maybe a (Fully prepared to catch flak but I dont care) Clint Eastwood as Uncle both because they are older, Clint has the experience in making great westerns & was probably second best in westerns to the great John Wayne.(who could easily be marston if that character was around in Wayne’s prime). BUT there is only one person to play Seth Greenbriar and that is DJ Qualls. Im sorry but when i first saw seth and listened to him talk DJ is the first person I pictured.

  5. Josh Holloway (Sawyer from LOST)

  6. Nobody mentions the voice…that’s as important as anything.

  7. Michael Shannon would be a great fit for the part

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  9. Perhaps this could be Ryan Bingham’s breakthrough roll into the show business… He’s got the voice and has lived the cowboy lifestyle and to be honest is as country as it gets when in comes to this day and time. He’s only done small rolls in films like Crazy Heart with Jeff Bridges. But I think it’s a match in my opinion.

  10. Anson Mount IS Marston!! Hands down!!

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  12. Im going to add Karl Urban to the top of my John Marston list! I think he would be perfect!

  13. Viggo Mortenson. Hands down. Great emotive actor and true bad a$$. Plus the voice.

  14. I think Norman Reedus is perfect for the main role.

    • Thank you yes, Norman Reedus. Been arguing with my friends about this and I think he’s the guy. Buff and scar him up and he’d be perfect.

  15. But you all really meant Timothy Olyphant.