{TB EXCLUSIVE} Ned Benson Tapped To Helm Weinstein’s Long-Awaited “How Starbucks Saved My Life”


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 〉Benson was brought on to re-write the adaptation in September

The Weinstein Company and Polymorphic Pictures’ long gestating adaptation has finally found a director in . Benson, who was already hired to rewrite, will now also helm the project based on Michael Gates Gill’s 2007 NY Times bestselling memoir of the same name. The riches-to-rags story revolves around a successful advertising executive who, after becoming diagnosed with a brain tumor, loses both his and wife, but finds a new meaning to life working at his local Starbucks.

In September, The Tracking Board exclusively announced that Benson would rewrite, with the previous draft penned by Academy Award nominated scribe Robert Nelson Jacobs. Benson is also currently working on an adaptation of Steve Martin’s 2010 book An Object of Beauty, with Amy Adams set to star.

Last year saw the release of Benson’s ambitious The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, also at the Weinstein Co. The story, about a young married couple, was told across three films, titled Him, Her, and Them, starring James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain. Him and Her premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Festival and Them premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Festival in 2014.

How Starbucks Saved My Life has been in since 2006, when Universal picked up the rights, with Gus Van Sant attached to direct and Tom Hanks to star. It found new life at The Weinstein Co. in 2013 and the eagerly anticipated project is now moving forward.

Justin Zackham and Polly Cohen Johnsen will produce, with Julie Oh and Jennifer Malloy overseeing.

The Weinstein Co. has several high profile projects coming up, including this July’s Antoine Fuqua-directed boxing drama Southpaw, starring Jake Gyllenhall and Rachel McAdams. This August will see the release of martial arts sequel Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, which will premiere simultaneously on Netflix and in IMAX theaters.

Next on Polymorphic’s slate is adaptation The Abstinence Teacher, to be directed by The Kids Are All Right‘s Lisa Cholodenko, and Warner Bros.’ crime thriller Loot.

Benson is repped by and .


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