Brad Pitt’s production company has bought the film rights to Tom Rachman’s best selling debut novel about a struggling newspaper in Rome, The Imperfectionists, according to Canada’s National Post (author Rachman is Canadian).
The book received an over-the-top review from Christopher Buckley on the cover of the April 29th NYT Book Review, followed by several other strong reviews. It has been the NYT best seller list for 4 weeks, peaking at #8 and is at #15 as on the current list.
Pitt has many irons in the fire, including a starring role in Moneyball, based on the book by Michael Lewis, set to begin shooting this summer. His name has been connected to two dozen other projects, including The Big Short, also by Michael Lewis and The Lost City of Z, based on the nonfiction title by David Grann. Reports from the Cannes Film Festival say it will be Pitt’s next project after completing Moneyball.
For a time, Pitt was rumored for the lead of the English-language version of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but last week the film news site The Wrap reported that Daniel Criag, the most recent James Bond, is in negotiations to play Mikael Blomkvist. The Wrap also reports that the female lead, Lisbeth Salander, has not been cast, despite a report in The Times of London that Carey Mulligan (nominated for an Oscar last year for An Education) had the role. Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman are all in the running, according to The Wrap.
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