Pitt and Portman make ‘Important’ time

03.19.09 9 years ago

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Brad Pitt is returning the love to Paramount Pictures.  The recent Oscar nominee for the studio’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” has moved his production company, Plan B, to the company’s melrose lot and now Pitt has signed up for another Paramount flick.  Variety reports Pitt is joining the lovely Natalie Portman in an adaptation of the new Leanne Shapton book “Important Artifacts and Personal Property From the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion and Jewelry.”

It’s a safe bet the book’s title will be shortened for the theatrical version.

Portman’s own production company, Handsomecharlie Films, spearheaded the acquisition of the property and brought it to Plan B to coproduce. 

Not a conventional narrative in any sense, the book takes the form of a Sotheby’s style estate auction catalog.  With 325 entries, the photographs depict items that reveal private moments in the ups and downs of a four-year relationship between photographer Hal Morris (Pitt) and a New York Times food columnist (Portman).  The content will be reshaped into a conventional romantic comedy.

The project won’t see production for sometime with no screenwriter or director involved at the moment.  Pitt is expected to star in the Steven Soderbergh baseball flick “Moneyball” next.  Moviegoers will see Pitt on screen again in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds.”

Portman next project is Jim Sheridan’s drama “Brothers” and recently completed production on Don Roos “Love & Other Impossible Pursuits.”

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