Paramount has hired documaker Dana Adam Shapiro (“Murderball”) to adapt and direct “The Every Boy,” based on his debut novel of the same name, and set it up with Brad Pitt’s Plan B to produce.
Plan B, which optioned film rights to the tome last summer, brought the project over when exiting its first-look deal with Warner Bros. and signing a new pact with Brad Grey’s Par.
Story revolves around the dead Henry Every, an eccentric teenager who leaves behind thousands of pages of diary entries that detail his unusual mindset and life experiences.
Project marks Shapiro’s first feature directing deal.
Shapiro also has joined Little Minx, a commercial boutique and hatchery for emerging filmmakers that’s part of Ridley and Tony Scott’s Scott Free-based RSA Films. Little Minx was founded eight years ago by Rhea Scott, Ridley Scott’s daughter-in-law.
Rhea Scott, who works closely with Scott Free Prods. prexy Michael Costigan in cultivating Little Minx talent, said it was important to bring a documentary filmmaker into the fold.
Shapiro, a former contributing editor at music mag Spin, co-directed “Murderball” with Henry Alex Rubin. Doc, about a group of quadriplegics who play wheelchair rugby, picked up a number of fest kudos before earning an Oscar nom for feature docu.