Brad Pitt's Plan B production company has teamed up with Reliance to develop a film called The Imperfectionists. The film will be adapted from a novel of the same name, written by Tom Rachman. The story deals with the inner workings of an English-language newspaper in Rome.
The film sounds like it will be an interesting drama about a newspaper that is sinking due to the rise of the Internet. The story uses this setting to focus on the lives of the characters of the story who are the reporters and editors of this dying newspaper.
No talent has been attached to the project yet. With Brad Pitt producing there is always the chance he will jump in on the project himself, but nothing is set in stone, other than his production company now owns the rights.
Here is the full description of the book.
Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Rome, Tom Rachman’s wry, vibrant debut follows the topsy-turvy private lives of the reporters, editors, and executives of an international English language newspaper as they struggle to keep it—and themselves—afloat.
Fifty years and many changes have ensued since the paper was founded by an enigmatic millionaire, and now, amid the stained carpeting and dingy office furniture, the staff’s personal dramas seem far more important than the daily headlines. Kathleen, the imperious editor in chief, is smarting from a betrayal in her open marriage; Arthur, the lazy obituary writer, is transformed by a personal tragedy; Abby, the embattled financial officer, discovers that her job cuts and her love life are intertwined in a most unexpected way. Out in the field, a veteran Paris freelancer goes to desperate lengths for his next byline, while the new Cairo stringer is mercilessly manipulated by an outrageous war correspondent with an outsize ego. And in the shadows is the isolated young publisher who pays more attention to his prized basset hound, Schopenhauer, than to the fate of his family’s quirky newspaper.
As the era of print news gives way to the Internet age and this imperfect crew stumbles toward an uncertain future, the paper’s rich history is revealed, including the surprising truth about its founder’s intentions.
Spirited, moving, and highly original, The Imperfectionists will establish Tom Rachman as one of our most perceptive, assured literary talents.