Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore has been tapped to direct an adaptation of The Guncle, Steven Rowley‘s recent book.
The novel follows a reclusive gay man, at one time a popular TV actor, who takes his young niece and nephew into his home after the sudden death of their mother. Spending time together at his Palm Springs home begins the healing process for all three of them.
Rowley will write the film’s screenplay himself. He has experience with his books turning into movies, as his 2016 debut Lily and the Octopus has a film adaptation in development at Amazon Studios, while another of his books, The Editor, has adaptation in the works at 20th Century Studios.
“Steven Rowley‘s book The Guncle captured my heart right away,” said Moore in a statement. “It is hilarious in its observation of the intersection of wanting a family and not being fully equipped yet to run one. I’m thrilled to be collaborating with my friends at Lionsgate again to bring this story to audiences.”
The film is in development at Lionsgate, while Burr! Productions will be producers. Lionsgate Motion Picture Group’s President Nathan Kahane added: “Since we acquired this book last year, it’s become a favorite of readers everywhere, including Jason – who’ll capture the emotion and warmth alongside the huge laughs that make this story so special.”
Moore is known for his light-hearted tone, so he seems like a good fit here. Expect to see more of Moore in the coming months, as his next movie Shotgun Wedding – a romantic action comedy starring Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhmael – is expected to premiere on Amazon Prime Video sometime later this year.