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Brad Pitt buys rights to Tom Rachman's The Imperfectionists

3rd June 2010

Actor, heart-throb and movie mogul Brad Pitt has bought the rights to Tom Rachman's first novel.

The Hollywood star, whose credits include Meet Joe Black, Cool World and The Mexican, has picked up the rights to The Imperfectionists.

Rachman's first book, which is set in Rome and is about a failing English-language newspaper, received widespread critical acclaim and commercial success.

However, whether Pitt's production company can turn it into a Hollywood blockbuster remains to be seen.

The book was likened to Evelyn Waugh's Scoop and Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by New York Times Book Review contributor and novelist Christopher Buckley.

Buckley wrote that the book 'is so good I had to read it twice simply to figure out how he pulled it off'.

Pitt's production company, Plan B, which is run by the actor and business partner Dede Gardner, has adapted a number of successful books, including Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife.

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