Fukunaga To Helm Gay Suicide True Story

“Jane Eyre” and “True Detective” helmer Cary Fukunaga will develop, produce and direct an untitled father-son drama feature for A24.

In an official statement by the company, it has also been confirmed that “Brokeback Mountain” scribes Larry McMurty and Diana Ossana will pen the script.

The drama is based on the real life story of Joe and Jadin Bell. Jadin was a fifteen-year-old openly gay Oregon sophomore who 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 that suicide, his father Joe is plunged into a sea of remorse and regret. Attempting to work through his grief, Joe sets out on a walk across America, hoping to promote awareness about the consequences of prejudice to anyone he encounters. He was killed half way through his journey after he was hit by a semi-truck in Colorado.

Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Riva Marker and Eva Maria Daniels will also produce.

Source: The Wrap