Brad Pitt snaps up reporter movie
Brad Pitt has bought the rights to The Imperfectionists.
The Hollywood star is to turn the novel by Tom Rachman about an English-language newspaper in Rome into a movie through his Plan B production company, Deadline Hollywood reports.
The book tells the story of a group of oddball characters working against the odds and without modern technology to keep producing the 50-year-old paper.
The novel deals with the issue of the decline in daily print publications and focuses on the collision of the reporters and editors' personal lives and their professional ambitions.
The author used his experience as a former wire service reporter working for a time in the AP office in Rome to inspire the novel, which the New York Times called a cross between Evelyn Waugh's Scoop and Hunter S Thompson's Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas.
Brad and Plan B partner Dede Gardner used their development deal at Reliance to acquire the rights to the book, published this spring by Dial Press.
They have just hired Alfonso Gomez-Rejon to write and direct its recently acquired Jonathan Lethem novel The Fortress Of Solitude.
It is not yet known who will direct or star in The Imperfectionists.