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Exclusive: Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf Offered Roles in Peter Morgan-Scripted Riptide

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 2, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 2, 2010 |

Details: Summit Entertainment (Twilight) is developing Riptide, a “whodunnit” set on board a ship called the Nautica. It’s about a handyman, a young stock broker, and the stock broker’s girlfriend. One of the men is found dead floating in the sea. The girlfriend is found at a nearby hotel. An investigator is called in to figure out what happened and why.

Escape Artists Oscar winning producer, Steve Tisch (Forrest Gump, The Pursuit of Happyness) is producing, along with Will Davies (How to Train Your Dragon).

The script comes from a rewrite by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen) of an original script by Richard McBrien, a British writer responsible for several episodes of “MI-5.”

The Interesting Part: Offers are currently out to Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf. Presumably, Pitt’s offer is for the investigator, while LaBeouf’s is for the young broker. They are offers only, and there is no guarantee that they will accept them. It would make for an interesting pairing, though, and whatever you think of it, I’m just glad someone is trying to attach real stars to an original goddamn idea. Plus, when done correctly (and Peter Morgan is the kind of guy that can do it correctly), there’s nothing better than a good old fashioned whodunnit. Bonus: If Pitt does accepts the role of investigator, maybe we can see Gwyneth’s head in the box again at the end.

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