Stephen M. Silverman
January 25, 2005 07:45 AM

Fans may wonder what’s next for Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston after their split – but on the business side, both stars are hoping to continue their jointly owned production company, Plan B Entertainment, their publicists tell USA Today.

As PEOPLE reports in its current cover story, the couple’s partner in Plan B, producer Brad Grey, recently left to be the new head of Paramount Pictures. But the production company still has more than a dozen movies in the works – including this summer’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The publicists say that work on Plan B projects is continuing – involving dozens of people developing screenplays, negotiating for actors and preparing shooting schedules.

Several of the projects are high profile – such as the crime thriller The Departed, slotted to start shooting this spring with director Martin Scorsese and his The Aviator star Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon.

At one point, Pitt and Aniston were half-expected to costar in at least two Plan B projects –the romantic fantasy The Time Traveler’s Wife and A Mighty Heart, about slain journalist Daniel Pearl and wife Mariane – but such casting is no longer anticipated, says USA Today.

As for the couple themselves, who on Jan. 7 announced to PEOPLE that they were separating after 4 1/2 years of marriage, producer (and pal) Jerry Weintraub says in the new issue that Pitt, 41, “is doing great,” and Aniston, 35, “is doing great. That’s the truth. I talk to them all the time.”

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