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RELIANCE BIG ENTERTAINMENT AND BRAD PITT’S PLAN B ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRE TOM RACHMAN’S NOVEL


THE IMPERFECTIONISTS


Acclaimed Novel Reveals the Inside Mechanics of International Newspaper

Los Angeles, CA- Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B Entertainment, under its Creative Partnership with Reliance BIG Entertainment have acquired the screen rights to Tom Rachman’s novel, The Imperfectionists, which was published this spring by Dial Press.

The Imperfectionists centers on the quirky, maddening, endearing people who write and read an international newspaper based in Rome: from the obituary reporter who will do anything to avoid work, to the young freelancer who is manipulated by an egocentric war correspondent, to the dog-obsessed publisher who seems less interested in his struggling newspaper than in his magnificent basset hound.

Rachman drew from his experience as a former wire service reporter at the Associated Press (AP) office in Rome to set the stage for The Imperfectionists. 

Reliance BIG Entertainment, the flagship media and entertainment arm of Indian conglomerate, Reliance Group, first introduced its innovative development/ production financing deal, termed a Creative Partnership, with Plan B Entertainment at the Cannes Film Festival 2008.  Commenting on the acquisition, Reliance BIG Entertainment’s Chairman Amit Khanna said: '”The Imperfectionists is a compliment to our slate with Plan B Entertainment. It will make a commercial and extremely relevant film which will play well to an international audience.”

This is one of several projects acquired by Plan B under their creative partnership with Reliance. Last year the company announced Dark Void, which is based on Capcom’s acclaimed video game and being developed as a sci-fi action franchise and potential starring vehicle for Pitt. 

The deal was brokered by CAA on behalf of Reliance BIG Entertainment and Plan B, who was additionally represented in the deal by Jon Liebman and Cynthia Pett-Dante at Brillstein Entertainment Partners.


About Reliance Big Entertainment:
Reliance BIG Entertainment Ltd. (RBEL) is the flagship media and entertainment arm of India's Reliance Group, with a significant presence in film entertainment (film production, distribution, and exhibition), broadcasting and new media ventures.

RBEL's motion picture brand, Reliance BIG Pictures (www.reliancebigpictures.com) has built a impressive film production slate in Hindi, English & other Indian languages, which it markets and distributes worldwide. Following Reliance BIG Pictures’ association with IM Global, the company now benefits from an international sales team with an excellent reputation and global presence dedicated to selling its Bollywood and regional language slate.

In Hollywood, Reliance BIG Pictures has partnered with Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider on the formation of DreamWorks Studios and has development deals with Nicolas Cage's Saturn Films, Jim Carrey's JC 23 Entertainment, George Clooney's Smokehouse Productions, Chris Columbus' 1492 Pictures, Tom Hanks’ Playtone Productions, Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment, Jay Roach's Everyman Pictures, Brett Ratner’s Rat Entertainment, Julia Roberts’ Red Om Films and Brian Gazer and Ron Howards' Imagine Entertainment. RBEL’s group company, Reliance MediaWorks Limited (www.reliancemediaworks.com) is India's largest film processing, exhibition and entertainment services company. It operates BIG Cinemas, India's premier cinema chain with over 515 screens, including over 200 screens in the United States and an exhibition presence in Malaysia and Netherlands. Furthermore, through Reliance MediaWorks’ Los Angeles-based subsidiary Lowry Digital and its Japan-based subsidiary Imagica the company has a comprehensive presence in Film Services including motion picture processing and DI; visual effects; film restoration and image enhancement; 2D to 3D conversion; digital mastering: studios and equipment rentals.

The Reliance Group (www.relianceada.com) is amongst India's top 3 business houses and has interests in telecommunications, energy, financial services, infrastructure and media and entertainment.


About Plan B Entertainment
Plan B Entertainment is actor/producer Brad Pitt’s production company which has produced films such as Academy Award Winner The Departed, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, A Mighty Heart, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee and most recently  Kick-Ass.

Eat, Pray, Love, which is written and directed by Ryan Murphy and stars Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem, and James Franco will be released by Sony on August 13th and the company is in post-production on Terence Malick’s The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn which will be released by Apparition later this year.

Plan B’s upcoming projects involve a number of adaptations, including the thriller World War Z, based on Max Brooks’ best-selling book, to be directed by Marc Forster; the action-adventure The Lost City of Z,  based on David Grann's best-selling novel to be written and directed by James Gray; the action film The Killer and the sci-fi horror film Black Hole, both of which are based on comic books and developed for David Fincher to direct; and a screen adaptation of Beautiful Boy and Tweak, two non-fiction best-sellers that detail a young man’s drug addiction as seen from his father’s and his own perspective.

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