Variety reports that the two stars and their production companies have purchased the rights to Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry, which is a mock auction catalogue offering the mementos from a couple's failed love affair. Lenore and Harold's artsy, culture-filled relationship is chronicled through the black and white photographs and auction lot descriptions of handwritten notes, salt shakers, jars of quarters, and more than 300 other objects that took on significance during the couple's time together.
In the as-yet-unwritten film version, Pitt will play Harold, a "40ish photographer," the boyfriend of Portman's Lenore, "a New York Times food columnist in her late 20s." Portman and her production company brought the project to Pitt and his people, according to Variety.
YourTango interviewed the book's author, Leanne Shapton, about the clever project.
"I had to distill their story down to objects and plot descriptions," said Shapton, who is also an art director for the New York Times. "The message that I'm trying to convey is that everything has a story."
Watch the interview below.