Mathew Michael Carnahan is adapting the much-lauded British series, which focuses on a political operative-turned-journalist (Pitt) who finds himself embroiled in conflict and conspiracy when he relates two seemingly unrelated killings. The action will be transplanted to Washington.
The original series was directed by David Yates, who has gone on to tackle the upcoming "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix."
The industry trades report that production on "State of Place" will begin in late 2007 with original series creator Paul Abbott serving as executive producer.
MacDonald got his start in documentary filmmaking, sharing an Oscar for "One Day in September." He followed that film with 2003's "Touching the Void," before leading Forest Whitaker to his Oscar win in 2006's "Scotland."