Paramount buys screen rights for Beautiful Boy, Tweak

Mumbai: Paramount Pictures 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 number one 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 films like The Departed and Troy. Among Plan B’s upcoming projects for Paramount are Eat, Pray, Love, The Killer and the fantasy horror film Black Hole.