Lionsgate has acquired rights The Guncle, the latest book from bestselling author Steven Rowley. Rowley will adapt and executive produce the film, which Kristin Burr (Cruella, Dora the Explorer) will produce through your Burr! Productions. So Rob Weisbach wants to produce.
The book, released last week by Penguin Random House’s Putnam imprint, follows a lonely and once-famous gay television star who brings his niece and nephew to his Palm Springs home after their mother suddenly dies, introducing them to his enormous life and unique wisdom. and bring healing for all three.
The deal marks Rowley’s third book in development after Lily and the octopus (at Amazon Studios) and The editor (Studies of the 20th century). Burr, whose Cruella hit theaters last weekend, he’s also a producer on the upcoming Lionsgate movie The unbearable weight of massive talent starring Nicolas Cage.
“We are always drawn to stories about people finding connection or growth where they least expect it,” said Erin Westerman, president of production for the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group. “This is a fresh, unexpected and moving story of healing from pain: a moving look at the family that feels this moment. We are thrilled to partner with Kristin, Steven and Rob on this wonderful story that will make everyone wish they had a Guncle too. “
James Myers and Scott O’Brien of Lionsgate will supervise the study.
Rowley is represented by CAA and Rob Weisbach Creative Management.