The newest high-end project to land in development at HBO involves Brad Pitt, the New Yorker and award-winning short fiction writer Wells Tower. Variety reports that Pitt’s company Plan B is now home to “Paper,” an hour-long drama being developed by HBO based on Jake Halpern’s 2010 New Yorker article “Pay Up.” The story is about a former cocaine dealer and gangster named Jimmy who lives in Buffalo, NY and who’s sought to reform his life by getting into business as a professional debt collector, a gig that turns out to be just as potentially dangerous as his previous life of crime.
Tower, whose short story collection “Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned” was one of the most acclaimed books of 2009, will write the project and co-executive produce it.
“Paper” is a rare divergence from film for Plan B, which has otherwise kept to the likes of “A Mighty Heart,” “Tree of Life,” this weeks’ “Killing Them Softly” and the upcoming “World War Z.”
You can read “Pay Up” in its entirety at Halpern’s website here (PDF).