According to Variety, Paramount has acquired film rights to A.J. Jacobs' The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Obey the Bible As Literally As Possible and set it up at Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment. The book will chronicle and examine a year in which Jacobs, Esquire magazine's editor at large, immerses himself in the rules of the Old and New Testament. Simon & Shuster plans to publish "The Year of Living Biblically" in fall 2006.
Jacobs' most recent book, "The Know-it-all: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World," involved his year of reading the entire Encyclopedia. "Know-it-all" has been set up at Radar Pictures, with Barry Sonnenfeld directing and Jacobs writing the script.
Jacobs is also the author of "The Two Kings: Jesus and Elvis," "America Off-Line" and "What it Feels Like."
Par-based Plan B already has several projects in development at the studio, including True Story, based on the book by former New York Times reporter Michael Finkel, and Glass Castle, based on the memoir of New York columnist Jeanette Walls.
Plan B is currently in production on The Departed.