Source: Risky Business
In what is sure to be today's oddest pairing of actors on a project, Risky Business reports that Brad Pitt and Natalie Portman will both produce and star in an adaptation of Leanne Shapton's "Important Artifacts and Personal Property From the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion and Jewelry” — which has just been published by Farrar Straus & Giroux.
An art director at The New York Times, Shapton crafted a fictional estate auction catalog full of personal items and photographs from the four-year romance between a male photographer and a younger food columnist.
Writer/director Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland) will spin the story into a romantic comedy for the studio.
Though the coupling of Pitt and Portman seems a bit strange at first glance, both are highly respectable actors who rarely venture into rom-com territory, so we're excited to see what they can do with this already offbeat project.
Natalie Portman is set to star in and produce Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an adaptation of the book by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen.
Austen, of course, wrote Pride and Prejudice almost 200 years ago, but Grahame-Smith took the liberty of adding bloodthirsty flesh-eaters to the narrative for his tome. Lionsgate will finance and distribute.
Portman will produce through her Handsomecharlie shingle with Annette Savitch, plus Darko Films' Richard Kelly, Sean McKittrick and Ted Hamm, says Variety.
The book tells the story of a woman's quest for love and independence amid the outbreak of a deadly virus that turns the undead into vicious killers.
Portman will play Elizabeth Bennet, who is distracted from her quest to eradicate the zombie menace by the arrival of Mr. Darcy.
Portman currently stars in the Jim Sheridan-directed drama Brothers. Her production company recently set up Booksmart at Fox and is partnered with Plan B at Paramount on an adaptation of the Leanne Shapton book Important Artifacts, a potential screen vehicle for Portman and Brad Pitt.
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