Director Randall Einhorn has tapped his “Wilfred” star Elijah Wood to topline Dignity Film Finance’s indie comedy “The Late Bloomer,” based on Ken Baker’s 2001 memoir “Man Made: A Memoir of My Body.”
Pic is based on the true story of a nearly 30-year-old man whose body goes through many changes over the course of several overwhelming weeks after discovering he hadn’t totally undergone puberty due to a medical condition.
Paul Kaplan and Mark Torgove rewrote Joe Nussbaum’s original draft of the script.
Jesse Israel of Ineffable Pictures, Heidi Jo Markel of Eclectic Pictures and Brent Emery of Coup d’Etat Films will produce, while DFF prexy Maggie Monteith will exec produce and finance the film. Ineffable Pictures founder Raphael Kryszek will also exec produce the pic, which is expected to start production in January.
“The combination of Einhorn and Wood is exceptional, as we’ve seen with the success of ‘Wilfred.’ I know that they will honor Baker’s true story in a very entertaining way,” Monteith said.
“‘The Late Bloomer’ is the type of wonderful heartfelt comedy that I like to engage in. Puberty can be difficult at best and has the potential to be extremely comedic in normal circumstances,” added Einhorn.
Wood will next be seen in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” He recently starred in a remake of “Maniac,” which premiered at Cannes and will be released early next year by IFC Midnight. Wood, who is currently filming the psychological thriller “Grand Piano” with John Cusack, can currently be seen in the second season of FX’s “Wilfred” and heard as the lead voice on Disney XD’s animated series “Tron: Uprising.” He’s repped by WME, Brillstein Entertainment and attorney Neil Meyer.