Brad Pitt out, BBC Worldwide in for Tom Rachman’s ‘The Imperfectionists’

TORONTO – Brad Pitt is no longer involved, but Vancouver-raised novelist Tom Rachman still has a screen deal for his smash debut effort, “The Imperfectionists.”

Pitt’s production company, Plan B, optioned the rights to the critically heralded story about a group of journalists when it became an international bestseller and made the Scotiabank Giller Prize long list in 2010.

Now, as Rachman promotes his equally raved-about second book, “The Rise and Fall of Great Powers,” he says Pitt’s company wrote a screenplay for the first novel but “decided it didn’t work as a film.”

“The script that they did, they cut it down to three characters essentially out of all of them, so it just didn’t really have enough of the original in it and so it didn’t go forward,” the 39-year-old said in an interview.

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