EXCLUSIVE: Monarch Media, Point Grey Pictures, Lylas Pictures and Giant Ant are teaming to provide an animated function primarily based on Sarah Leavitt’s acclaimed memoir, Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer’s, My Mom and Me.
The synopsis for Leavitt’s 2010 graphic novel is as follows:
When Alzheimer’s illness begins to strip away her mom’s vibrant character, a headstrong younger lady is compelled to return to her oddball household within the conservative small city she not too long ago fled with the intention to look after her. She shortly realizes she should settle for the merciless and warped actuality of the illness – and the imperfect great thing about her household – with the intention to turn into the daughter they want.
The Tangles movie might be directed by Big Ant principal Leah Nelson. Vicky Patel, Steve Barnett and Alan Powell will produce by means of Monarch Media, together with Seth Rogen by means of Level Gray Photos and Lauren Miller Rogen by means of Lylas Photos.
Patel, Rogen and Miller Rogen are longtime Alzheimer’s activists, having been affected by the illness in very private methods. Patel’s late father was identified with the illness in 2003, inspiring her to turn into one of many nation’s main fundraisers for mind science analysis. She was honored this 12 months with the Alzheimer’s Basis’s Jerome H. Stone Philanthropy Award — one of many group’s highest honors. Miller Rogen misplaced her grandmother, grandfather and mom to the illness. After her mom was identified with younger-onset Alzheimer’s at age 55, Miller Rogen and her husband based the nonprofit group Hilarity for Charity, to get extra younger folks concerned in elevating consciousness and educating others about dwelling a brain-healthy life. Hilarity for Charity has raised greater than $18 million up to now, in help of household caregivers, mind well being schooling and prevention analysis.
“I’m overjoyed on the alternative to make this distinctive and particular movie,” stated Nelson. “After I learn the graphic novel, I used to be blown away by Sarah Leavitt’s capability to inform her story with such honesty and daring creativity and I knew it wanted to be dropped at life on display. I’ve been so lucky to work with the groups at Level Gray and LYLAS Photos who’ve devoted a lot time, care and a spotlight to this mission and have wholeheartedly supported my inventive imaginative and prescient. With Monarch Media now backing the mission, now we have a crew of people who find themselves not solely dedicated to world-class storytelling, however to making sure we do justice to this outstanding story.”
“I’m extremely excited to see this mission go into manufacturing. Working with Big Ant, Level Gray and LYLAS Photos on the difference has been such a beautiful, collegial course of,” stated Leavitt. “I’m honored by the cautious thought and a spotlight that everybody concerned has dropped at this story that’s so private to me. I’m particularly moved by how deeply Leah has come to grasp this story, and the way intently we’ve labored collectively through the years.”
“Once we based Monarch Media two years in the past, it was precisely with this sort of mission in thoughts,” added Patel. “To have the ability to deal with a subject that’s so private to me, to have the ability to deliver this superb novel to life in order that others can get pleasure from and be taught from it and to take action with such fantastic companions in Lauren, Seth and Leah, is extremely fulfilling.”
Big Ant is an Emmy-winning animation studio primarily based in Vancouver. Co-founded by Nelson, it’s identified for working with a worldwide checklist of shoppers, together with Apple, Cartoon Community, Airbnb & Warner Brothers, crafting a variety of labor throughout leisure and promoting.
Monarch’s principals Barnett, Powell and Patel partnered to launch the movie and tv manufacturing firm in 2020. The trio are at the moment in post-production on One thing Right here, a musical beforehand generally known as the Untitled Florida Georgia Line Venture, and are prepping to shoot the Barnett-directed thriller Valiant One, starring Chase Stokes and Lana Condor, in addition to Highway to Bethlehem, which might be directed by The Promenade‘s producer and government music producer, Adam Anders. Earlier credit embody the Netflix function A Week Away.
Level Gray Photos is a manufacturing firm, which Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg launched in 2011. The corporate behind Prime Video’s Emmy-nominated collection The Boys is at the moment in manufacturing on the spin-off Gen V, set at America’s solely school for younger superheroes, in addition to the CG remake of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Paramount and Nickelodeon. It’s at the moment in post-production on two movies for Lionsgate: the horror-thriller Cobweb and Adele Lim’s (Loopy Wealthy Asians) as-yet-untitled directorial debut, starring Ashley Park, Sherry Cola and Stephanie Hsu. It’s going to even be producing an untitled collection directed by Jason Woliner for Peacock, as a part of its general cope with Lionsgate.
Based by filmmaker Miller Rogen and producer and supervisor Jen Ray to inform female-driven tales, Lylas’ credit embody Focus Options’ For a Good Time, Name… and Netflix’s unique movie Like Father, which was written and directed by Miller Rogen. The corporate is at the moment creating a slate of options and tv reveals with companions together with Buzzfeed, Level Gray Photos, Elevate Leisure and Desert Whale Productions, having additionally developed tasks with Hiya Sunshine, Lionsgate, The CW, The Tannenbaum Firm and Temple Hill.