A24 has recruited some serious names for the first movie to be developed and produced internally at the company: True Detective helmer Cary Fukunaga and Brokeback Mountain scribes Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry. The project is an untitled father-son drama based on the true story of Joe and Jadin Bell, which Fukunaga will develop, produce and direct and Ossana and McMurtry will pen.
Jadin, a 15-year-old openly gay sophomore in Oregon, took his own life after being both bullied at high school and struggling for acceptance from the people closest to him. In the wake of Jadin’s suicide, Joe is plunged into a sea of remorse and regret and sets out on a walk across America, hoping to promote awareness about the consequences of prejudice to anyone he encounters along the way.
A24 is producing with Fukunaga’s Parliament of Owls production company, Daniela Taplin Lundberg and Riva Marker of Red Crown Productions, and Eva Maria Daniels of VisionChaos Productions. Red Crown’s Daniel Crown will executive produce.
Fukunaga directed all Season 1 episodes of HBO’s groundbreaking drama True Detective and won the Emmy for it. He is exec producing Season 2 again this year. He most recently helmed Netflix’s Beasts Of No Nation, also with Red Crown as well as Participant Media, and he is in preproduction on the Stephen King adaptation IT at New Line which is being shot as two movies. He is repped by WME and Anonymous Content.
McMurtry and Ossana won the Oscar in 2006 for adapting the screenplay for Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain, and a couple years later they teamed again for the miniseries Comanche Moon. They are repped by UTA, Anonymous Content and attorneys Robert Thorne and Greg Redlitz.