Brad Pitt to produce drama based on New Yorker article

HBO is developing “Paper,” an hourlong drama inspired by Jake Halpern’s essay “Pay Up,” featured in the New Yorker. Dede Gardner and Brad Pitt will exec produce through Pitt’s shingle, Plan B Entertainment, where Gardner serves as president.

“Paper” centers on a notorious ex-gangster and single father in Buffalo, N.Y., who is trying to reform himself by also serving as a professional debt collector. He finds, however, that life in the debt collection business can be just as lethal as the biz he’s struggling to leave behind.

Short-story scribe Wells Tower will pen the project and co-exec produce.

Plan B works primarily in the feature film realm. Its Pitt starrer “Killing Them Softly” opens Friday, while zombie drama “World War Z” is set for release in June.

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