Greg Mottola Writing 'Important Artifacts' for Portman & Pitt
by Ethan Anderton
April 19, 2010
A year ago we heard about a new Paramount project called Important Artifacts, an adaptation of Leanne Shapton's lengthily titled book: Important Artifacts and Personal Property From the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion and Jewelry. Whew! Natalie Portman and Brad Pitt have been attached to star in and produce this estate-auction-catalog-turned-romantic-comedy through their production banners Handsomecharlie Films and Plan B. Now Risky Biz says Paramount has hired Adventureland writer/director Greg Mottola to write the script for this surprisingly interesting film.
The story follows a four year romance between Morris, a male photographer, and Doolan, a younger food columnist, whose personal items and photographs are the subject of the book which acts as a fictional estate auction catalog which reveals many of the memorable moments they shared in love. I can envision this being similar in presentation to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind in the flashbacks to certain memories and relationship highlights, but without all the existential wandering through the mind. It certainly sounds like an interesting project, and maybe Mottola could end up directing it since he doesn't have anything lined up after his comedy Paul with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. But I guess for now we'll let him work on the script.