Romantic comedies don't usually pique interest outside the love addicts itching for goofy love defying the odds, but this new project might change that -- at least for a moment. Variety reports that Natalie Portman and Brad Pitt will star in adaptation of Leanne Shapton's book, Important Artifacts and Personal Property From the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion and Jewelry. It's a project that won't only merge their acting talents, but also their production houses -- both Handsomecharlie Films and Plan B will produce.

But the story -- that's the clincher. The book follows the four-year love affair between a 20-something food columnist for The New York Times (Portman), and a 40-something photographer (Pitt) -- as told through an epic estate auction catalog of their romantic rise and sad fall. The 325 lots range from confetti-packed envelopes from her, and mixtapes from him, plus books, stuffed animals, post-its, letters, lamps, and just about everything else.

Both Pitt and Portman are at their most charming when they're a little out of mainstream focus, whether that be as a head-bopping fitness nut in Burn After Reading, or a rapper on SNL. Together, with a story that's got some damned solid reviews, there's a lot of promise. Now I'm just hoping that Portman grabs Wes Anderson along for the ride -- a Royal Tennenbaums for a slightly different crowd.
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