Brad Pitt may play Jesse James. He'd produce and star in a movie about the outlaw, told from the point of view of the man who shot him

By Gary Susman
March 18, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST
Brad Pitt: Tammie Arroyo/AP

After playing Achilles in ”Troy,” Brad Pitt may play another figure shrouded in myth: Jesse James. Variety reports that he’ll produce and star in an adaptation of Robert Hansen’s novel ”The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.” The movie would retell the legendary gunslinger’s life story from the point of view of the James gang turncoat who shot him in the back. Directing the film would be Australian director Andrew Dominik, whose ”Chopper” made a movie star out of future ”Hulk” actor and ”Troy” costar Eric Bana. The film would mark one of several collaborations between Plan B (the production company headed by Pitt and wife Jennifer Aniston) and Warner Bros. Plan B is also producing Tim Burton’s upcoming ”Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” remake (starring Johnny Depp), and it’s developing two other movies for Pitt to star in: ”The Hatfields and McCoys” (for ”Ali”’s Michael Mann to direct), and a Martin Scorsese-directed version of the Hong Kong crime thriller ”Infernal Affairs.”