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This story first appeared in the Aug. 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
It’s a plot detail that will launch a thousand magazine covers: When Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie reunite for By the Sea, their first cinematic pairing since 2005’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith, the famously unmarried duo will play a married couple. Universal, which bought worldwide rights to the drama that Jolie (UTA, Sloane Offer) wrote and will direct, is staying mum on details, but a source tells THR that the pair, who will produce, will be hitched onscreen.
Pitt (CAA, Brillstein, Bloom Hergott) likely will earn a smaller paycheck than Jolie, Hollywood’s highest-paid female star. She made $20 million for Maleficent but will receive a much smaller fee with a doubled backend based on 100 percent of home video (talent often settles for 20 percent). Jolie, who has found a comfort zone with Universal chairman Donna Langley, calls the studio a “special place for storytellers.” She is in postproduction on Universal’s Unbroken.
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