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.
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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