Writing duo Rocky Russo and Jeremy Sosenko have signed on to adapt Too Cool to Be Forgotten, a graphic novel from Top Shelf Productions. Red Crown Productions’ Daniela Taplin Lundberg and Daniel Crown are producing with Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman. Stefanie Azpiazu and Riva Marker will be executive producers on the film. The project came out of Likely Story’s first look deal with Top Shelf Comix that was negotiated in 2009, when media entrepreneur John S. Johnson invested in the company.
The story revolves around family man Andy Wicks who goes to a hypnosis clinic to break a 25-year smoking habit. While mocking the session as “mumbo jumbo,” he is suddenly transformed into his 15-year-old self back in 1985. With his 40-something mind still intact, and convinced that he is just experiencing a hypnosis-induced brain state, he is nonetheless forced to relive the horrors of algebra class, visits to the principal, elaborate social hierarchies, and, of course, intense sexual frustration. Is he doomed to relive the mistakes of his past, or can he revise history to finally get things right in his life?
“Too Cool To Be Forgotten is a story that demonstrates that comic books can be as profound and moving as they can be funny and entertaining, and that is exactly what this team hopes to replicate on the screen.”
Cartoonist, Alex Robinson, whose previous works Box Office Poison and Tricked brought him critical acclaim, was praised for his publication, Too Cool To Be Forgotten, which earned him the Harvey Award for Best Original Graphic Novel.
Likely Story is currently completing three films, Stephen Frears’ Lay The Favorite which will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this month; Laurence Kasdan’s Darling Companion, which is being released by Sony Pictures Classics this April; and The Oranges, which ATO is releasing in the Fall of 2012. The company is going into production in 2012 on films by Charlie Kaufman, Nicole Holofcener, and Bennett Miller.
Red Crown Productions acquired American Wife, which Ron Nyswaner is penning, and is in post-production on Scott McGehee & David Siegel’s What Maisie Knew, a Henry James adaptation shot on location in New York City with Julianne Moore, Alex Skarsgard and Steve Coogan. The company will premiere their film Goats at the Sundance Film Festival later this month.
Robinson and Top Shelf are both represented by Nick Harris at ICM. Russo and Sosenko are represented by ICM and Tom Sawyer Entertainment.
Cammy’s Comic Corner – Too Cool To Be Forgotten (Top Shelf)