Paramount Pictures Buys Screen Rights to New York Times Bestsellers Beautiful Boy by David Sheff and Tweak by Nic Sheff

Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment Will Produce

Apr 30, 2008, 01:00 ET from Paramount Pictures Corporation

    HOLLYWOOD, Calif., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Paramount Pictures
 announced today that it has purchased the screen rights to the current New
 York Times non-fiction bestsellers Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey
 Through His Son's Addiction by David Sheff and Tweak: Growing Up on
 Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff, for development and feature film production
 by Plan B.
     The critically lauded Beautiful Boy, published by Houghton Mifflin Co.,
 chronicles the teenage Nic Sheff's descent into methamphetamine abuse from
 the point of view of his father, journalist David Sheff, as he struggles to
 help his son overcome addiction. In Tweak, Nic Sheff himself details a
 harrowing summer during which he lapsed back into drugs and how he
 eventually recovered. Beautiful Boy and Tweak immediately became
 non-fiction bestsellers. Beautiful Boy is currently #1 on the New York
 Times Bestseller list. The books were hailed for the unique approach of a
 father and son tackling the same experience from two different
 perspectives, and they are recognized as definitive books about a problem
 that is epidemic in American society.
     Beautiful Boy is being sold in Starbucks stores around the country as
 part of the Starbucks Select book series. The film will be produced in
 association with Starbucks.
     Plan B Entertainment is actor/producer Brad Pitt's production company,
 which has an overall deal with Paramount and has previously produced such
 films as the Oscar(R)-winning "The Departed," "Troy," "Charlie and the
 Chocolate Factory," "A Mighty Heart" and "The Assassination of Jesse James
 by the Coward Robert Ford." Among Plan B's upcoming projects for Paramount
 are "Eat, Pray, Love" based on the bestselling novel with Julia Roberts to
 star and Ryan Murphy to direct; the action film "The Killer" and the
 fantasy horror film "Black Hole," both of which will be directed by David
 Fincher; the horror/thriller "World War Z"; and the adventure film "Lost
 City of Z."
     Sheff was represented by ICM's Amanda Urban and Ron Bernstein.
     About Paramount Pictures Corporation
     Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor
 of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NYSE:   VIA, VIA.B), a leading
 content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital
 entertainment brands. The company's labels include Paramount Pictures,
 Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, MTV Films, Nickelodeon Movies and
 DreamWorks Studios. PPC operations also include Paramount Pictures Digital
 Entertainment, Paramount Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures
 International, Paramount Licensing Inc., Paramount Studio Group, and
 Worldwide Television Distribution.
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