Paramount Picures Acquires Two Memoirs


Paramount Pictures announced today that it 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 #1 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.