Brad Pitt and partner Dede Gardner have acquired the rights for the Tom Rachman novel The Imperfectionist under their Plan B production shingle. According to Deadline, the move comes as part of Plan B’s development deal with Reliance. The book depicts a behind-the-scenes look at an English-language newspaper based in Rome; Rachman wrote what he knows, as he spent time as an AP correspondent in Rome after graduating from the Columbia School of Journalism.
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Here’s the synopsis via Amazon:
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.