Brad and Jen will remain business partners. There's too many movies in development at their production company, Plan B, to break up the enterprise

By Gary Susman
January 25, 2005 at 05:00 AM EST

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston’s marriage may be over, but their production company will live on. When the power couple announced earlier this month that they were ending their four-year union, it was thought that Plan B, the production company they own with talent manager Brad Grey, would dissolve as well, especially since Grey announced days earlier that he was leaving to become the new studio chief at Paramount. But USA Today reports that Plan B won’t halt production on the many movies it has in development — especially since to do so could threaten the partners with litigation from the many A-list actors, writers, and directors they have under contract.

Besides the completed remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, starring Johnny Depp and due in theaters this summer, Plan B’s slate includes several noteworthy works in progress. Among them are The Departed, Martin Scorsese’s remake of the Hong Kong crime thriller Infernal Affairs, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Mark Wahlberg on board; Running with Scissors, based on Augusten Burroughs’ memoir of being raised by a mentally ill mom, written and directed by Nip/Tuck‘s Ryan Murphy and starring Annette Bening; A Mighty Heart, based on Mariane Pearl’s memoir about her husband Daniel, the Wall Street Journal reporter beheaded by terrorists in Pakistan; an adaptation of Audrey Niffeneger’s romantic fantasy novel The Time-Traveler’s Wife; and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a novel about an autistic boy being adapted by Harry Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves.

At one time, Mighty Heart and Time-Traveler’s Wife had been possible costarring vehicles for Pitt and Aniston. That won’t happen now, but Variety reports that Plan B is going ahead with an adaptation of Robert Hansen’s novel The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and that Pitt will star as the legendary outlaw of the title. No word yet on who will play Ford, but Australian filmmaker Andrew Dominik (Chopper) will direct.