ADVENTURELAND Writer-Director Greg Mottola to Pen Adaptation of IMPORTANT ARTIFACTS

     April 19, 2010

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Writer-Director Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland) has been tapped to write the adaptation of the book Important Artifacts and Personal Property From the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion and Jewelry.  We first reported on this story back in March 2009 when Brad Pitt and Natalie Portman signed on to co-star in the romantic comedy with Pitt and Portman also serving as producers on the film.

The book, written by Leanne Shapton, “is 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.”  Mottola is currently in post-production on the sci-fi comedy Paul starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.

Hit the jump for the official product description for Important Artifacts. [Risky Business]

greg_mottola_image__1_.jpgHere’s the official product description for Important Artifacts and Personal Property From the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion and Jewelry [via Amazon.com]:

Auction catalogs can tell you a lot about a person-their passions and vanities, peccadilloes and aesthetics; their flush years and lean. Think of the collections of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Truman Capote, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

In Leanne Shapton’s marvelously inventive and invented auction catalog, the 325 lots up for auction are what remain from the relationship between Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris (who aren’t real people, but might as well be). Through photographs of the couple’s personal effects-the usual auction items (jewelry, fine art, and rare furniture) and the seemingly worthless (pajamas, Post-it notes, worn paperbacks)-the story of a failed love affair vividly (and cleverly) emerges. From first meeting to final separation, the progress and rituals of intimacy are revealed through the couple’s accumulated relics and memorabilia. And a love story, in all its tenderness and struggle, emerges from the evidence that has been left behind, laid out for us to appraise and appreciate.

In an earlier work, Was She Pretty?, Shapton, a talented artist and illustrator, subtly explored the seemingly simple yet powerfully complicated nature of sexual jealousy. In Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris-a very different yet equally original book-she invites us to contemplate what is truly valuable, and to consider the art we make of our private lives.


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