The best-selling thesis Crying in H Mart could soon make us cry in theaters.
MGM’s Orion Pictures has acquired the rights to adapt Michelle Zauner’s debut book into film. Stacey Sher (Mathilde, Erin Brockovitch) and screenwriter Jason Kim (Barry, Girls) produce. Zauner’s popular musical act, Japanese Breakfast, will provide the soundtrack. Details on the cast and director have yet to be announced.
“It is a surreal pleasure to have the opportunity to commemorate my mother in a film, and I consider it the greatest honor to continue this task alongside such creative luminaries as Stacey Sher, Jason Kim and Orion Pictures,” Zauner said in a statement.
Posted on April 20 Crying in H Mart is developing Zauner’s viral trial of the same name that she wrote for The New Yorker in 2018. In the story, she reflects on her Korean-American childhood, the loss of her mother, and the times they shared together around food. Zauner also remembers grappling with her Korean identity: how she moved away from it when she moved to the east coast to go to school, started a job, and got married, but got married. then reckoned with her after her mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer. In an essay she wrote for Harper’s Bazaar, the author also shared that she made peace with her ex-father following the death of her mother.
The announcement of the book adaptation marks the latest achievement of Zauner, who has just released a new album Japanese Breakfast, Jubilee, last Friday for rave reviews. The band will be touring with the LP this summer and fall.
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