Reliance and Plan B acquire screen rights for ‘The Imperfectionists’

Reliance and Plan B acquire screen rights for ‘The Imperfectionists’
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First Published: Thu, Jun 17 2010. 09 33 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Jun 17 2010. 09 33 PM IST
Mumbai: Reliance Big Entertainment in partnership with actor Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B Entertainment, have acquired the screen rights to Tom Rachman’s novel, ‘The Imperfectionists.’
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’s experience as a former wire service reporter at the Associated Press (AP) office in Rome is said to have set the stage for The Imperfectionists. The novel is published by Dial Press.
Reliance Big Entertainment, the flagship media and entertainment arm of the Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (R-ADAG), first introduced its development and production financing deal, termed a Creative Partnership, with Plan B Entertainment at the Cannes Film Festival 2008. “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,” said Amit Khanna, chairman, Reliance Big Entertainment.
The Imperfectionists 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.
Plan B Entertainment is actor and producer Brad Pitt’s production company which has produced films such as The Departed, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, A Mighty Heart, The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee and most recently Kick-Ass.
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.
gouri.s@livemint.com
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First Published: Thu, Jun 17 2010. 09 33 PM IST