Japanese Breakfast musician Michelle Zauner’s best-selling memoir Crying in H Mart is set to become a feature film adaption by MGM’s Orion Pictures.
The memoir was published on April 20 and is an expansion of an essay Zauner had written in 2018 for the New Yorker. The story follows Zauners life growing up as one of the few Asian Americans at her school, the loss of her mother to cancer, and her journey of grappling with her identity as a daughter and a Korean American, reports the Hollywood Reporter.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, MGM’s Orion Pictures has picked up the rights to her memoir. Orion was relaunched by MGM with the intention of focusing on features from underrepresented groups. Both on and off-screen, it aims to produce authentic storytelling through film in a way that amplifies underserved voices.
With Stacey Sher and Jason Kim set to produce, the film adaptation of Crying in H Mart will also feature a soundtrack provided by Zauner under her musical act Japanese Breakfast, reports Harper’s Bazaar.
The announcement of the book’s film adaptation is the latest release from Zauner, following the release of Japanese Breakfast’s new album Jubilee last week and their summer and fall tour announcement, reports Harper’s Bazaar.
“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,” Zauner said in a statement, reports Harper’s Bazaar.
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