The MGM Studio label Orion Pictures has secured the rights to adapt and produce Michelle Zauner’s best-selling memoir, Crying in H Mart, into a film. Stacey Sher and Jason Kim are named as the film’s producers. Sher’s credits include Mrs. America and Respect. Kim worked on the HBO show Barry as both a writer and producer, and also contributed to writing the Netflix series Love.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Zauner’s memoir details her childhood experiences growing up as one of the few Asian American kids at her former Oregon school. The memoir also recounts her time spent at her grandmother’s apartment in Seoul, Korea, her work within the indie music scene on the East Coast, and how she met her husband.
Central to all of Zauner’s life experiences was the relationship she and her mother had. The Hollywood Reporter stated that Zauner’s mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer. This critical diagnosis is what allowed Zauner to “[reckon] with her identity both as a daughter and as a Korean American.”
Zauner is also known within the music scene as the frontwoman in the indie rock band Japanese Breakfast. The band’s third album, Jubilee, was released on June 4th. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Zauner’s band will be producing the Crying in H Mart film soundtrack.
On adapting her memoir into a film, Zauner stated, “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.”
As mentioned by The Hollywood Reporter, Orion Pictures was relaunched in part to focus on producing films about underrepresented groups and also to highlight these voices (on- and offscreen) by using “authentic storytelling in film.”
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