Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon Bidding to Produce Screen Adaptation of Britney Spears’ Memoir
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Brad Pitt and Reese Witherspoon are among the Hollywood A-listers that have expressed their interest to produce Britney Spears’ story. The pop star’s memoir, The Woman in Me was released last October to give closure to Spears’ personal struggles.
Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon Gunning to Produce Screen Adaptation of Britney Spears’ Memoir
Heavy bids are racking up to secure the rights to Spears’ candid and controversial memoir. Several sources reported that Barbie star Margot Robbie also wants to transform the memoir into a film or TV series.
An inside source claimed that plans for adaptation are “only beginning to take shape.” Initially, Ankler reported that Spears has to reschedule a meeting with an unnamed top producer “at the last minute” because she “didn’t feel up to it.”
According to an insider, the singer is “overwhelmed by the response” and is planning to “hold off on making any major decisions about where the rights end up until she has time to catch her breath.” Furthermore, Ankler reported that Spears is separately eyeing to work on a participatory documentary that could come with a $40 million paycheck.
It’s no secret that The Woman In Me is the most highly anticipated books of the year. Since its release, it immediately became the biggest selling celebrity memoir in history, selling out a million copies in its first week.
Previously, it was rumored that Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes was the first choice for the producer role. That didn’t come as a shock, though, as she was the writer of Britney’s 2002 movie Crossroads. However, a representative from Shondaland confirmed to Page Six that they’re not pursuing the project.
In The Woman in Me, Spears narrates her rise to fame, relationships, and marriages. There, she also revealed that she had a secret abortion with ex Justin Timberlake and controversial 13-year conservatorship.
Fans Slam Brad Pitt for Wanting to Adapt a Woman’s Story of Abuse
As the bidding takes place away from the cameras, fans also have their own say on who should produce the screen adaptation. On social media, people have expressed their anger for Pitt’s alleged desire for the project.
It’s worth noting that Pitt’s production company, Plan B Entertainment Inc. has produced films involving women’s stories of abuse. These stories include Women Talking, She Said, and the Marilyn Monroe biopic, Blonde.
However, there had been accusations against Pitt for resuming his work relationship with Harvey Weinstein despite knowing his abuse allegations. For those who may not know, authors of She Said, Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, exposed Weinstein sexual abuse after the release of its screen adaptation.
“Brad Pitt always live from the scene of women’s business. Just insidious,” one person wrote on X.
Furthermore, Pitt’s ex-wife Angelina Jolie said she was left “hurt” when Brad still worked with Weinstein despite the issue. Besides that, Pitt also faced his own abuse allegations since his divorce from Jolie. The actress accused him of “physically and verbally” assaulting her and their children.
“Other people have said it, but the way Brad Pitt gets himself so involved in abused women’s stories, considering what he did to his own wife and kids, feels extremely uncomfortable,” another user wrote.