Plan B Picks Up ‘Landscape With Invisible Hand’ From Award-Winning Author

Plan B has acquired the rights to Landscape with Invisible Hand and will adapt the often humorous vignette novel by National Book Award-winning author M.T. Anderson.

Published last month to rave reviews and compared to films such as District 9 and The Truman Show, Landscape with Invisible Hand depict a near-future in which an alien species known as the Vuvv has taken over Earth. After the Vuvv’s labor-saving technology causes Earth’s job market and global economy to collapse, a teenager and his girlfriend cook up a way to make much-needed money by broadcasting their dating life to the fascinated aliens. Unfortunately, things go badly when, over time, the two teens come to hate each other and can’t break up without bankrupting their families.

Plan B will produce the project as part of its three-year overall deal production deal with Annapurna signed in April.

Plan B has had an impressive run: Along with The Big Short, its credits range from Best Picture winners 12 Years a Slave and The Departed to World War Z and World War Z 2, the Netflix David Michod-directed Pitt starrer War Machine, Beautiful Boy, OkjaCharlie and the Chocolate Factory and, for television, The Normal Heart.

The company is in production on Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk and is in development on Wrong Answer, which reteams the Fruitvale Station and Creed duo of director Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan. They also have in fast-track development at Starz a project based on Stephanie Danler’s best-selling 2016 book Sweetbitter.

In addition, Plan B is developing a feature film based on Ryan Wash, an openly gay African-American debater from Kansas who won the 2013 Cross Examination Association and National Debate Tournament championships, for Daniel Barnz to direct from a script by Wash and former Vanity Fair editor/scribe Ned Zeman.

Anderson’s satirical book Feed also was a finalist for the National Book Award and was the winner of the Los Angeles Times‘ Book Prize. The first volume of his Octavian Nothing saga won the National Book Award and The Boston Globe‘s Horn Book Prize. Both the first and second volumes of that two-part series were Printz Honor Books.

The deal was negotiated by Kassie Evashevski at Anonymous Content on behalf of David McCormick at McCormick Literary.

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