Greg Gets Cracking On Important Artifacts

By March 14, 2011Nat-news

We’ve known for awhile that Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland) was adapting the expansively titled novel, “Important Artifacts and Personal Property From the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion and Jewelry,” which Natalie secured the rights to, around this time two years ago. Brad Pitt’s company joined Natalie’s Handsomecharlie Films to produce and star alongside Natalie.

With his new film, Paul, about to be released, Mottola is now focusing on Important Artifacts and seems very excited at the challenge ahead of him.

“…there’s no big drama in the film and I thought, if I can write something that tells the rhythms and the real intimate feeling of a relationship and use this framework of stuff….I have a way of doing it…I think there’s a potentially really cool movie in it, which I don’t know if a studio will ever make it, but because of the nature of it, it can’t be turned into a big stupid romantic comedy, it just can’t.”

The book tells the story of a relationship via the contents of an estate auction catalog, and if that sounds like it might be hard to adapt, Mottola agrees, calling it a “Charlie Kaufmann experiment” and “the hardest book to adapt ever.”

Here’s hoping he can pull it off. I’ve got a good feeling about this one though.


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  • beatsbroken says:

    I love this book and was very excited when it was announced Natalie would star in it! I think it will be very difficult to adapt.. but if it’s done well, I think it will be a great film! Here’s to hoping it actually happens!

  • awiseone says:

    I think I’ll hold my excitement because IMDB lists the release year as 2015…A lot can happen between now and then, several rewrites as well as a second child for Natalie and Benjamin.

    Best Buds is listed with a 2014 release year.

  • dazza says:

    That is surely a guess. I don’t think they have any set dates and probably won’t until the script is ready.