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Greg Mottola digs up IMPORTANT ARTIFACTS

Will Schiffelbein

by: Will Schiffelbein
April 20th, 2010

Greg Mottola, the guy behind SUPERBAD and ADVENTURELAND, has been hard at work on his latest film PAUL. This next film stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as two bumbling nerds who run into an alien, voiced by Seth Rogen, on their way to a science fiction convention. However, in quite a departure from that and his previous work, Greg Mottola has just signed on to do a very different project.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mottola has signed on to adapt Important Artifacts and Personal Property From the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion and Jewelry. Hit the jump, while I catch my breath after typing that monstrous title.

The book, which will hereafter be referred to as Important Artifacts, was written by Canadian author Leanne Shapton in early 2009. The book is quite unusual, as it tells a fictional story through the account of an auction catalog. Basically, the reader's method of interaction with the titular characters is derived from the possessions of their four year relationship.

Is it just me, or is that idea incredibly inventive? Obviously Paramount does, as they scored the rights to develop this for the big screen. This concept has tremendous potential to maintain its clever modicum of storytelling when translated to film. Capturing the essence of the objects left behind from a shattered relationship could be better seen and appreciated through the cinematic medium; or, at least I would assume.

I haven't read the book, but I'm stoked to see this project come to fruition. Greg Mottola has done fantastic work so far. SUPERBAD has become THE BREAKFAST CLUB for the millennial generation and ADVENTURELAND was a really well made coming-of-age story. I'm curious to see how Mottola adapts this project, as he'll be working alongside Brad Pitt and Natalie Portman. These two actors possess a much greater star power than any other artist he's worked with previously. However, I have faith. What are your thoughts? Interesting idea, or will it ultimately be confined by its high concept nature?

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