Greg Mottola will soon be in possession of "Important Artifacts." Paramount has hired the "Adventureland" writer/director to pen the screenplay for an adaptation of Leanne Shapton's book, the full title of which is "Important Artifacts and Personal Property From the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry." (Good decision to pare that down, Paramount.)
The Hollywood Reporter's Risky Business blog reveals that the studio picked up the rights about a year ago. Brad Pitt and Natalie Portman are set to star in the romantic comedy, and the superstar acting duo will also produce the film through their respective shingles, Plan B Entertainment and Handsomecharlie Films.
Rather than assembling a straightforward work of fiction, Shapton wrote the book as if it were an auction catalog. As readers progress through the lots, they are given an ever-growing picture of a New York couple's relationship. The challenge Mottola faces is adapting this interesting literary conceit for the big screen in an original way, something that captures the spirit of the book's unique presentation.
Mottola's Nick Frost/Simon Pegg-penned sci-fi comedy "Paul," starring Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Sigourney Weaver and "Glee" star Jane Lynch, will hit theaters later this year. Portman and Pitt both have a number of upcoming or in-the-works projects, including "Your Highness," "Black Swan," "Thor" and "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" for the former, and "Moneyball," "The Tree of Life" and "Megamind" for the latter.
A director for "Important Artifacts" has yet to be named.
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