Brad Pitt looked as handsome as ever in recent photos you can see here as he prepared for his new role as a recording studio executive! The Oscar-winning actor and producer, who is already a successful wine grower, is re-opening Miraval Studios with French producer Damien Quintard at Chateau Miraval, his estate in the South of France. After a major renovation, the legendary recording studio — which contributed to singular classics like Pink Floyd’s The Wall — is set to open in summer 2022.
French pianist and composer Jacques Loussier, who was the former estate’s owner, built the state-of-the-art studio in 1977 and hosted musical icons like the aforementioned Pink Floyd, Sade, The Cure, and more. The studio was active in the early 2000s, but went unused for more than two decades — until now.
Quintard, a veteran musician and producer who’s worked with the likes of Brian Eno, Arca, and more, met Brad while in Paris and had this to say about his newfound business partner. “We immediately clicked. It was an intense moment where we just talked and talked about sound,” he recalled, via Deadline. “I was amazed at how sensitive and precise he was in his analysis of music.”
He continued by saying the studio redesign has “redefined a remarkable natural reverb so we can record voices or instruments anywhere in the studio,” discussing how it’s a space where you can produce a multitude of genres. “The combination of Brad’s vision for Miraval and our common passion for taking the time to make simple but beautiful things has resulted in something that is one-of-a-kind,” he stated. “We are so excited for musicians of all types to be a part of what we’ve created.”
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The studio redesign comes after the news of Brad and ex-wife Angelina Jolie‘s complicated battle over the $164 million vineyard which they are equal shareholders in. Court documents obtained by TMZ on September 23 showed a judge signing off on the former couple’s agreement to allow the Maleficent actress to sell her share of the estate to a third party.
The drama over Château Miraval started when Brad filed a lawsuit in Luxembourg on Sept. 21 that accused Angelina of trying to cut him out of a potential sale. The suit alleged that Nouvel, Angelina’s company, was not acting in the “best interest” in Quimicum, the company that owns Château Miraval. A source close to the proceedings called Angelina’s actions “consistently vindictive” while a separate insider told HollywoodLife that Brad “did all the work building Miraval” and slammed his ex-wife’s actions as a violation of agreements. Reps for Brad and Angie didn’t respond to HL’s requests for comment.
The music studio, which was built in 1977 by Château Miraval's then-owner Jacques Loussier, largely sat unused for two decades until Pitt and Quintard decided to renovate the space for musicians to take on new recordings.
In a press release, Quintard said that he "immediately clicked" with Pitt when the two met in Paris.
"It was an intense moment where we just talked and talked about sound," he recalled. "I was amazed at how sensitive and precise he was in his analysis of music."
The updated studio will feature much of its original recording equipment integrated into a modern setting—including a desk personally designed by Pitt and Quintard. It will also boast multiple recording booths, sound and video editing work stations, rare musical gears and synthesizers and a mezzanine overlooking the entire studio.
A tower that can house visiting musicians is connected to the studio, so artists are never far from their work and can spend weeks on the property recording their next masterpieces. Other amenities available include access to the estate's swimming pool and catering from chefs at Château Miraval.
As fans know, Château Miraval is a property close to Pitt's heart. The Oscar winner purchased the property with then-partner Angelina Jolie in 2012 and the two exchanged vows at the estate's chapel in 2014.
Though Pitt split with Jolie 2016, he still retains ownership of the estate, which is renowned for its on-site vineyard.
"The combination of Brad's vision for Miraval and our common passion for taking the time to make simple but beautiful things has resulted in something that is one-of-a-kind," said Quintard. "We are so excited for musicians of all types to be a part of what we've created."
Miraval Studios will officially open in the summer of 2022.