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Brad Pitt Backs New Biopic

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Nov. 20 2008, Published 7:21 a.m. ET

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Besides his busy life on and off screen, Brad Pitt is also a force to be reckoned with behind the making of movies, with his studio-based production company, Plan B. And according to the Hollywood Reporter, Papa Pitt has picked up the life rights of a journalist who helped blow the cover of a big-time con man.

Missouri journalist Linda Trest exposed Bill A. Jakob, known as "Sergeant Bill" in Gerald, Mo., a man who posed as a federal agent and kicked people out of their homes. At first residents were happy for Bill's help, as methamphetamine used raged rampant in the area; however it turned out their crusader was an unemployed former cop with no law credentials or authority.

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The studio is in talks with Troy writer David Benioff and screenwriters Anthony Walton and Andrew Dresher to develop the script. 

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