And Sorkin is supposedly staying on the picture, which starts shooting July 12. Rudin is a master at juggling delicate egos. He is also producing Dragon Tattoo director David Fincher's The Social Network, written by Sorkin, due October 15. That film, at least, is a modest-scale character study of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), not a big-budget picture with huge visual effects. (Here's a review of The Facebook Effect, yet another unflattering portrait.)
Meanwhile, looking to the future, Pitt and partner Dede Gardner's Plan B has acquired (with their Reliance development money) the popular Tom Rachman novel The Imperfectionists (which my book group chose this month), reports Deadline. The book is set at a "scrappy English-language newspaper in Rome," writes Publishers Weekly. "Chapters read like exquisite short stories, turning out the intersecting lives of the men and women who produce the paper—and one woman who reads it religiously, if belatedly." Critic Todd McCarthy read the book on his way back from Cannes, and reviews it here.
Plan B moves fast and keeps busy. Among the production company's credits are Troy, A Mighty Heart, The Departed, and the upcoming Eat, Pray, Love, starring Julia Roberts and The Tree of Life, which stars Pitt and Sean Penn and is expected to debut at the Venice International Film Festival.
[Sophia Savage contributed to this story.]