Japanese Breakfast's memoir Crying in H Mart is getting the big-screen treatment.
On 8 June (SGT/PHT), The Hollywood Reporter reported that the Korean-American singer-songwriter — whose real name is Michelle Zauner — will adapt her 2021 best-selling book into a feature film for Orion Pictures, a film production and distribution company owned by Metro Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).
Seasoned producer Stacey Sher, whose portfolio includes films such as Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight and Django Unchained, is set to produce the film alongside writer and producer Jason Kim, who is known for his work on the HBO series Barry.
Hi everyone!!! I will be going live once @BNBuzz insta answering any Qs and celebrating this most wonderful pub day in 15 mins! (8 ET) plz join me!!! pic.twitter.com/PpfyBmJcqG— Japanese Breakfast (@Jbrekkie) April 20, 2021
Based on Zauner's 2018 New Yorker essay of the same name, Crying in H Mart is a book that sees the 32-year-old explore her heritage and identity and reflect on the loss of her mother.
"I feel like I was better able to understand my mother's character, as well as the other characters in the book, by trying to fairly represent their perspectives, the backstory that I believe sort of informed some of their actions. I'd love fans to read it and feel — that is a daughter who really loved her mother," shared Zauner in a recent interview with Bandwagon.
In addition to helping to adapt her memoir for the big screen, the 'Be Sweet' singer will provide music for the film's soundtrack.
Signed some copies of Crying in H Mart @booksaremagicbk ! My book will be in bookstores TOMORROW 😭 pic.twitter.com/s0GlJDqBF2— Japanese Breakfast (@Jbrekkie) April 19, 2021
Zauner is fresh off the heels of the release of her third studio album Jubilee, which serves as the follow-up to 2017's Soft Sounds from Another Planet. Described as a project about "processing life and love in the quest for happiness", Jubilee marks the beginning of a new chapter in Zauner's life.
Crying in H Mart is available here.
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