〉New Line optioned the memoir in September
Reese Witherspoon and her Pacific Standard shingle have come on board to produce New Line Cinema’s NAPKIN NOTES adaptation. New Line optioned the acclaimed memoir in September, with Toby Emmerich, Andrea Johnston, and Richard Brener overseeing. Witherspoon’s Standard is now in the fold, working to lock a scribe to adapt the inspirational story. Pacific Standard partner Bruna Papandrea will also produce. Written by Garth Callaghan, Napkin Notes: Make Lunch Meaningful, Life Will Follow hit shelves in October via HarperCollins, immediately striking a chord with readers.
Callaghan began writing short inspirational notes on napkins to put in his daughter Emma’s lunchbox when she started kindergarten, soon becoming a daily way for him to connect with his daughter. The ritual then took on a profound meaning for Callaghan after he was diagnosed with kidney cancer. Since that time, he’s received four other cancer diagnoses and given an eight percent chance to live long enough to watch his daughter become a high school graduate.
After discovering that his now-teenage daughter had been collecting his notes throughout the years, Callaghan realized how significant they were to their relationship and became determined to write 826 notes, one for each day left until his daughter graduates. Each chapter of Napkin Notes starts with one of his handwritten notes, followed by a story connecting the message to his life. Callaghan’s hopeful memoir inspires parents to connect more with their children, even in small ways, and to make every day count.
Callaghan’s story has been featured in Time Magazine and The Telegraph, and he has appeared on The Today Show, NPR, Rachel Ray, and gave a presentation at TEDxRVA. Napkin Notes has been published worldwide in multiple languages, receiving critical acclaim and support from the American Cancer Society, spurring Callaghan to begin his own foundation, The Napkin Notes Foundation.
Pacific Standard has forged a name in optioning true stories for the screen, recently picking up the Wall Street dramedy Opening Belle and the army drama Ashley’s War. Standard most recently produced Hot Pursuit and Wild, both which starred Witherspoon. Witherspoon earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Wild, which was based on Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling 2012 memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.
Next up, they’ll produce the drama Luckiest Girl Alive for Lionsgate, the Peggy Lee Biopic for Fox 2000, and the astronaut drama Pale Blue Dot, with the latter two starring Witherspoon.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor