Brad Pitt wins bidding war for rights to Canadian author’s first novel
With Canadian programming shafted from fall TV lineups, it’s nice to know that our lit is still getting some international love. Brad Pitt’s production company has snapped up the film rights to The Imperfectionists, a first novel by Vancouver-raised, U of T–educated Tom Rachman about a flailing English-language paper in Rome.
Christopher Buckley’s gushing review of the book in the New York Times—in which he claims, “[The book] is so good I had to read it twice simply to figure out how he pulled it off”—sparked a bidding war among a number of producers. Brad, of course, came out on top, as he does in most areas of life.
Only a few months ago, Nelly Furtado laid claim to Giller-nominated Anthony De Sa’s Barnacle Love; though CanCon may be missing from the small screen, at least it will be well represented on the big screen.
• Brad Pitt buys rights to Canadian writer’s “The Imperfectionists” [National Post]
• Brad Pitt buys rights to Tom Rachman’s The Imperfectionists [Globe and Mail]
• Singer Nelly Furtado picks up film rights for Anthony De Sa’s ‘Barnacle Love’ [National Post]