EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Knighton is adapting Michelle Adelman’s novel Piece of Mind for Paramount and Bad Robot, a project which we’re hearing has Daisy Ridley circling.
The W.W. Norton novel follows 27-year old Lucy, who sustained a traumatic brain injury when she was 3. When Lucy’s main caregiver, her father, dies suddenly, she’s forced to move in with her college-age younger brother in his cramped studio apartment in New York City. While Lucy knows everything about coffee, comic books and Gus, the polar bear at the Central Park Zoo, she possesses a rare gift for drawing. However, she has trouble relating to people and cannot hold down a job. During her summer with her brother, Lucy learns to discover that she has more strengths than she herself knows.
Knighton is a Sundance Lab screenwriting fellow and the recipient of the 2009 Alfred Sloan Prize from the Tribeca Film Institute. He recently adapted Inside the O’Briens for No Trace Camping, with Brett Haley attached to direct. Knighton is also a New York Times contributing columnist, writing the Modern Love piece “Seeing the World Through My Wife’s Eyes.” Knighton’s comedy TV pilot Nothing to See Here is in development at Super Deluxe. His original project Grand Theft Cattle is set up with the Jackal Group.
Ridley recently starred in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Peter Rabbit and Ophelia, the feature re-telling of Hamlet that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Knighton is represented by Verve, Mosaic and attorney Lev Ginsburg. Ridley is repped by CAA.
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