Tony Gilroy ("Michael Clayton") has been working on a rewrite of the British miniseries for for director Kevin Macdonald ("The Last King of Scotland"), according to Variety.
The original miniseries was scripted by Paul Abbott and directed by David Yates. Matthew Michael Carnahan took the first crack at the American script, which features Pitt as a former political operative who uses his connections to become a reporter. Things get complicated when he begins investigating a murder involving a rising congressman (Norton) and even has an affair with the politician's estranged wife.
In the original miniseries, David Morrissey played the politician, with John Simm as the journalist.
The trade paper says that Universal hopes to have the new "State of Play" in production by this November, shortly after Norton completes his current project, Marvel's new version of "The Incredible Hulk."
Norton has most recently been seen in "The Painted Veil" and "The Illusionist." The two-time Oscar nominee already has already completed work on the police drama "Pride and Glory" with Colin Farrell.