Sony’s Columbia Pictures has acquired rights to adapt the just-released Joshua Foer book Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything for Matt Tolmach to produce. The story centers on the author’s real-life experience as a science journalist covering the US Memory Championship who decides to become a participant in the event. Said Columbia president Doug Belgrad, who made the announcement: “This is a very special book which transcends the already fascinating subject of memory. By explaining in personal and entertaining fashion a great deal about how our brains work, Joshua has written a book that sheds light on how memory is connected to humanity.” Hannah Minghella and Rachel O’Connor will oversee development for Columbia.

Tolmach Productions made news Tuesday when it hired former Overture exec Robert Kessel as SVP of Production.