Production Begins On A “Funny Story”

Production began in New York City this week on acclaimed writer/directors Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck’s new film “It’s Kind of a Funny Story”.

Focus Features and Wayfare Entertainment are co-financing the comedy-drama adapted by Boden & Fleck from Ned Vizzini’s 2006 novel of the same name; 16-year-old Craig (Keir Gilchrist), stressed out from the demands of being a teenager, checks himself into a mental health clinic. There he learns that the youth ward is closed – and finds himself stuck in the adult ward.

One of the patients, Bobby (Zach Galifianakis), soon becomes both Craig’s mentor and protege. Craig is also quickly drawn to another 16-year-old, Noelle (Emma Roberts). With a minimum five days’ stay imposed on him, Craig is sustained by friendships on both the inside and the outside as he learns more about life, love, and the pressures of growing up.

Viola Davis plays Dr. Minerva, the adult ward’s staff psychiatrist; Zoe Kravitz portrays Nia, Craig’s longtime crush; Aasif Mandvi is cast as Dr. Mahmoud, a hospital psychiatrist; and Lauren Graham and Jim Gaffigan play Craig’s parents, Lynn and George. Kevin Misher (“Public Enemies,” “Fighting”) is producing.

The movie is the third feature from the filmmaking team of Boden & Fleck, following Half Nelson (2006), for which lead actor Ryan Gosling received an Academy Award nomination, and Sugar, which was released theatrically earlier this year. ‘Funny’ is scheduled to be released by Focus in November 2010.