Back in September, when I reviewed Paul Barrett’s book, Law of the Jungle, I rued my lack of appreciation for the market for popular treatments of the Chevron/Ecuador case:

As I was reading Paul M. Barrett’s new book, Law of the Jungle I was kicking myself. There’s obviously a market for popular treatments of the Chevron/Ecuador case. Barrett’s book is not the only one: Michael Goldhaber’s Crude Awakening has just been published, too. I coulda been a contender!


Now my feeling is rue times two. Paul has sold the film rights to Brad Pitt’s production company, which, according to Roger Parloff’s article in Fortune, beat out George Clooney’s company.

Surely Pitt won’t have been surprised that the news sparked a Twitter hashtag, #BradDoTheRightThing, urging him to reconsider. Even Ecuador’s President Correa has called on Pitt to rethink his plans.

I think Paul’s book is too cinematic for someone in the business of movies to pass up, whatever the politics.