Greg Mottola Writing 'Important Artifacts' for Portman & Pitt

April 19, 2010

Greg Mottola

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.

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People's Champ on Apr 20, 2010


you'd be an idiot to pass on a greg mottola film. ...this plot does sounds lame. i love portman and pitt and mottola though.

crumb on Apr 20, 2010


about time Pitt signs up for something. But unfortunately this sounds like a hardcore chickflick, oh well

Sharlto on Apr 20, 2010


This site has no sence of fun. They removed my attempt at a two thumbs up picture 🙁 Anyways excited to see this becoming real with Mottola writing/directing.

gdm on Apr 21, 2010

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