Brad Pitt’s Plan B has acquired movie rights to M.T. Anderson’s alien invasion novel “Landscape With Invisible Hand.”
Plan B will produce the project as part of its overall deal production deal with Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures.
The novel, published in September, depicts a near-future in which an alien species known as the “Vuvv” has taken over Earth. After the Vuvv’s labor-saving technology causes the Earth’s job market and global economy to collapse, a teen and his girlfriend cook up a way to make much-needed money by broadcasting their dating life to the fascinated aliens. But the two teens come to hate each other and can’t break up without bankrupting their families.
Anderson’s satirical book “Feed” was a finalist for the National Book Award and was the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. The first volume of his “Octavian Nothing” saga won the National Book Award and the Boston Globe Horn Book Prize and both the first and second volumes of that two-part series were Printz Honor Books.
Plan B and Annapurna announced their partnership in May with Adam McKay’s untitled Dick Cheney movie with Annapurna handling marketing and distribution efforts for Plan B’s releases on at least three films per year.
Annapurna recently distributed Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit” and Angela Robinson’s “Professor Marston & the Wonder Women.” The company is in post-production on Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread,” starring Daniel Day-Lewis; “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” starring Cate Blanchett and directed by Richard Linklater; and Jacques Audiard’s “The Sisters Brothers,” starring Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, John C. Reilly, and Riz Ahmed.
The deal for “Landscape With Invisible Hand” was negotiated by Kassie Evashevski at Anonymous Content on behalf of David McCormick at McCormick Literary.