EXCLUSIVE: Monarch Media, Point Gray Pictures, Lylas Pictures and Giant Ant are teaming up to produce an animated film based on Sarah Leavitt’s acclaimed memoir, Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer’s, My Mom, and Me.
The synopsis of Leavitt’s 2010 graphic novel: When Alzheimer’s disease begins to rob her mother of her vibrant personality, a headstrong young woman is forced to return to her strange family in the conservative small town she recently fled to care for her. . She quickly realizes that she must accept the cruel and twisted reality of the disease, and the imperfect beauty of her family, in order to become the daughter they need from her.
the tangles The film will be directed by Giant Ant director Leah Nelson. Vicky Patel, Steve Barnett and Alan Powell will produce through Monarch Media, along with Seth Rogen through Point Gray Pictures and Lauren Miller Rogen through Lylas Pictures.
UTA Independent Film Group and CAA are jointly representing the national rights.
Patel, Rogen and Miller Rogen are long-time Alzheimer’s disease advocates who have been affected by the disease in very personal ways. Patel’s late father was diagnosed with the disease in 2003, inspiring her to become one of the nation’s leading fundraisers for scientific brain research. She was honored this year with the Alzheimer’s Foundation’s Jerome H. Stone Philanthropy Award, one of the organization’s highest honors. Miller Rogen lost her grandmother, grandfather and mother to the disease. After her mother was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s at age 55, Miller Rogen and her husband founded the nonprofit organization Hilarity for Charity, to engage more young people in raising awareness and educating others about living a healthy life for the brain. Hilarity for Charity has raised more than $18 million to date, in support of family caregivers, brain health education and prevention research.
“I am delighted with the opportunity to make this unique and special film,” said Nelson. “When I read the graphic novel, I was struck by Sarah Leavitt’s ability to tell her story with such honesty and bold creativity, and I knew she needed to bring it to life on screen. I have been very fortunate to work with the teams at Point Gray and LYLAS Pictures, who have dedicated so much time, care and attention to this project and have wholeheartedly supported my creative vision. Now that Monarch Media is backing the project, we have a team of people who are committed not only to world-class storytelling, but also to ensuring that we do this extraordinary story justice.”
“I am incredibly excited to see this project go into production. Working with Giant Ant, Point Gray and LYLAS Pictures on the adaptation has been a wonderful collegial process,” said Leavitt. “I am honored by the careful thought and attention that everyone involved has given to this story that is so personal to me. I am especially moved by how deeply Leah has come to understand this story and how closely we have worked together over the years.”
“When we founded Monarch Media two years ago, it was with exactly this type of project in mind,” added Patel. “To be able to tackle a subject that is so personal to me, to be able to bring this incredible novel to life for others to enjoy and learn from, and to do it with such wonderful partners like Lauren, Seth and Leah, is incredibly fulfilling.”
Giant Ant is an Emmy Award-winning animation studio based in Vancouver. Co-founded by Nelson, it is known for working with a global roster of clients, including Apple, Cartoon Network, Airbnb and Warner Brothers, creating a wide range of work in entertainment and advertising.
Monarch directors Barnett, Powell and Patel have partnered to launch the film and television production company in 2020. The trio is currently in post-production at something herea musical formerly known as the Untitled Florida Georgia Line Project, and are gearing up to film the Barnett-directed thriller. Bravestarring Chase Stokes and Lana Condor, as well as road to bethlehemwhich will be led by The promAdam Anders’ producer and executive music producer. The above credits include the Netflix feature. a week away.
Point Gray Pictures is a production company that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg launched in 2011. The company behind Prime Video’s Emmy-nominated series. Boys is currently in production on the spin-off Generation Vset in America’s only college for young superheroes, as well as the CG remake of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Paramount and Nickelodeon. He is currently in post-production on two films for Lionsgate: the horror thriller Spiderweb and Adele Lim (crazy rich asians) directorial debut as yet untitled, starring Ashley Park, Sherry Cola and Stephanie Hsu. He will also produce an untitled series directed by Jason Woliner for Peacock, as part of his overall deal with Lionsgate.
Founded by filmmaker Miller Rogen and producer/manager Jen Ray to tell stories powered by women, Lylas’ credits include Focus Features’ It’s a good time to call… and Netflix Original Movie as father, which was written and directed by Miller Rogen. The company is currently developing a slate of television shows and features with partners including Buzzfeed, Point Gray Pictures, Elevate Entertainment and Desert Whale Productions, and has also developed projects with Hello Sunshine, Lionsgate, The CW, The Tannenbaum Company and Temple Hill.