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James Gray talks about THE LOST CITY OF Z, with Brad Pitt...

^ Couple months away from finishing script, but talks a lot about the story...


Fawcett became a bit mystical in the twenties, Theosophy was popular and I think along with his age and knowing Bingham had made the amazing discovery of Machu Picchu, I believe he started going "off".
In a letter to a friend, he scribbled "Those whom the Gods intend to destroy they first make mad."


Thanks for the link. Can't wait for this to begin filming.

After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, acclaimed New Yorker writer David Grann set out to solve "the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century": What happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for the Lost City of Z?

In 1925 Fawcett ventured into the Amazon to find an ancient civilization, hoping to make one of the most important discoveries in history. For centuries Europeans believed the world’s largest jungle concealed the glittering kingdom of El Dorado. Thousands had died looking for it, leaving many scientists convinced that the Amazon was truly inimical to humankind.

But Fawcett, whose daring expeditions helped inspire Conan Doyle’s The Lost World, had spent years building his scientific case. Captivating the imagination of millions around the globe, Fawcett embarked with his twenty-one-year-old son, determined to prove that this ancient civilization—which he dubbed "Z"—existed. Then he and his expedition vanished.


Detailed interview with James Gray on Awards Circuit:

...On if the long developing project The Lost City of Z is finally next for him

JG – Yeah, that’s going into preproduction in a matter of four weeks or five weeks now, before I have to go off and do that. I’m very excited, it’s hopefully the movie that, you know, bridges the step between the films I’ve made which are very personal and small, and what will be a different chapter in my life, because it’s a much bigger film.

The full interview can be found here:


It's amazing to see the dedication to a project like this. Almost ten years in the making, but well worth it, it's been getting phenomenal reviews.