Paramount has won the rights to the Leanne Shapton book Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry, and plans to develop the story as a romantic comedy with Brad Pitt and Natalie Portman in the lead roles. Here's more:
The book takes the form of Sotheby's-like estate auction catalog, with 325 entries and photographs depicting items that reveal the private moments and the rise and fall of a four-year relationship between the fictitious couple Hal Morris (a 40ish photographer) and Lenore Doolan, (a New York Times food columnist in her late 20s).
The project will be developed as a romantic comedy, with Pitt to play Morris, and Portman to play Doolan.
According to Variety, "Portman brought the book to Pitt." In the book, author Leanne Shapton, an illustrator and art director of the NYT's Op-Ed page, uses all sorts of stuff — clothes, e-mails, heirlooms — "to convey the excitement, the hopes and dreams, and ultimately the heartache of a love affair that runs its course." I do hope they shorten the title for the movie.
What a totally interesting (and ridiculously good-looking) pair for this project! Do you think Pitt and Portman will be do well in a romantic comedy together?