Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) will direct the thriller, State of Play for Universal Pictures, Working Title, and Andell Entertainment

Brad Pitt is attached to star in the adaptation of an award-winning BBC miniseries that revolves around an elected government official and his former campaign manager (Pitt), who is now a journalist for a high-profile national paper. According to The Hollywood Reporter, when two seemingly unrelated slayings are linked by a single phone call, the friends find themselves on opposite sides of the investigation.

Matthew Michael Carnahan wrote the screenplay; a late 2007 start date is eyed for State of Play.