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Brad Pitt To Play Animal Activist/Tiger Hunter?

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Remember that epic Val Kilmer movie The Ghost and the Darkness? Well, Brad Pitt may be hooked into something similar — but set in Siberia.

Apparently, the 46-year-old is being tagged to star in The Tiger, based on the soon-to-be-released non-fiction book of the same name and directed by Darren Aronofsky. The story centers on an animal activist who must protect the small town he is doing research in when a tiger begins attacking its inhabitants. According to reports, Pitt and Aronofsky have been developing “Tiger” under the radar since last year. “Babel” writer Guillermo Arriaga is set to pen the script.

“This is the first time I have adapted a screenplay, since I have only written original screenplays,” Guillermo said. “I chose to adapt this story, first, because I have a profound love for the outdoors and the intense tension between mans and nature which the book reflects; and second, because of the great privilege of working with such accomplished filmmakers as Darren Aronofsky, Brad Pitt and James Schamus.”

Amazon’s description of the true story says:

When Yuri Trush was called in to investigate an attack by a Siberian tiger, what he found was unlike anything he’d ever encountered. Nothing remained of the victim but stumps of bone protruding from his boots. Even more chilling was the evidence that this attack had been carefully orchestrated, as if the tiger was seeking revenge. Before long, the beast struck again, and Trush, leader of a tiger conservation unit, found himself forced to hunt this animal through the brutal cold of a Siberian winter, becoming intimately acquainted with the tiger’s history, motives, and unique method of attack—until their harrowing final encounter.

Sounds like an interesting story — especially when you have a tiger conservationist having to hunt down the very animal he’s trying to protect. More details as we get ’em.

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