Japanese Breakfast‘s Michelle Zauner‘s New Yorker essay turned New York Times best-selling book Crying in H Mart will receive a film adaptation from MGM label Orion Pictures. Stacey Sher and Jason Kim are set to produce with Zauner adapting the book for the screen.
Crying in H Mart details Zauner’s childhood as one of the few Asian American kids at her school in Oregon and the months spent at her grandmother’s apartment in Seoul. The memoir also goes into her career in the East Coast indie music scene and meeting her husband. The core of her story centers around her relationship with her mother, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and as she tackles her identity both as a daughter and a Korean American.
Zauner said, “It is a surreal thrill to have the opportunity to memorialize my mother in film, and I consider it of the highest honor to pursue that task alongside creative luminaries such as Stacey Sher, Jason Kim and Orion Pictures.”
Under her stage name, Japanese Breakfast, the indie artist recently released her album Jubilee on June 4 and will take part in making the soundtrack for the film.
Sher, whose recent credits include Mrs. America and Aretha Franklin biopic Respect, is represented by CAA, Gang Tyre and Wolf Kasteler. Kim, repped by WME, Blue Marble Management, and GangTyre, works as a writer-producer on HBO’s Barry and wrote for Netflix’s Love. Zauner is represented by CAA, Ten Atoms, and The Book Group.
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