by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals, Film/TV
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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.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • http://blog.babyganics.com Lisa Milano

    “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.”

    What’s more interesting is that at 46, brad pitt still looks good enough to be hunted. Rawrrr!

    If being vegetarian means being adorable at that age, I’ll give it a try :D

  • Michael Raymer

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    A predictable stance for you to take, but I’d keep the snobbery to a minimum. As has been shown countless times in Africa, hunting down a dedicated man-eater is the responsible thing to do for the environment. You cannot expect the residents of a town or region to sit idly by while a tiger (or lion or leopard) eats its way through the neighbors. The next thing you know, there are poisons and snares dotting the landscape. These cause ridiculous damage across the board. (As an aside, the scourge of Africa isn’t the rifle, it’s the wire snare). Now you have dead and maimed animals that have nothing to do with the actual man-eater. Read the works of Peter Hathaway Capstick. He covers this sort of thing in depth.