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Randall Park to make directorial debut with adaptation of ‘Gaps’ – Deadline

Fresh off the boat Randall Park star set to make directorial debut with graphic novel adaptation Gaps by famous cartoonist Adrian Tomine, who also wrote the screenplay. Howard Cohen, Eric d’Arbeloff, Jennifer Berman and Ryan Paine of Roadside Attractions, who brought the project to the company, will co-produce the comedy drama with Park, Michael Golamco and Hieu Ho’s Imminent Collision.

Defaults, considered an iconic work of contemporary Asian American fiction, is about a trio of young Bay Area townspeople – Ben Tanaka, Miko Hayashi and Alice Kim – as they navigate a range of interpersonal skills, crossing the country in search of the ideal connection. In cafes, bars and bedrooms, their stories collide and intertwine with naked candor and razor sharp humor.

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“I’m a huge fan of Adrian’s work, and I’m very happy to team up with him and Roadside Attractions on this updated and modern version of GapsPark remarked. “In these characters, I see versions of Asian Americans in my own life – the ones I love and the ones I sort of tolerate.”

Gaps is a book close to my heart, and I have long resisted the idea of ​​any adaptation that does not conform to the style and spirit of the material, ”said Tomine. “Randall, Roadside Attractions and Imminent Collision immediately impressed me with their passion, insight and vision for this film. They have been invaluable partners in the process of translating the gaps both on screen and now, and I am honored to be a part of this collaboration.

Roadside, Imminent and Park have developed the project with Tomine and will go to buyers in the coming weeks.

Said SVP Roadside Berman, “With his adaptation of Gaps, Adrian proved that he was not only a brilliant cartoonist, but also a talented screenwriter. When Randall came to us with a true artistic vision to tell this story in a cinematic way, it all fell into place. We are honored to be working with this exceptional creative team to help bring this hilarious and poignant story to the screen.

The canon of Tomine’s graphic novel includes his memoirs, The loneliness of the designer from a distance, which was named New York Times Book of the Year, as well as the 2015 Graphic News Collection Kill and die, which is the inspiration for Jacques Audiard’s next feature film, The Olympics. Well known for his cover illustrations for The New Yorker, Tomine is picked up by UTA.

Recently, Park completed a successful six-season streak as beloved father Louis Huang on ABC’s. Fresh off the boat and he reprized his role of Jimmy Woo in the Marvel series WandaVision on Disney +. Additionally, Park co-wrote, produced, and starred in the hit Netflix romantic comedy. Always be my maybe. Park and Imminent Collision are taken over by UTA and Myman Greenspan. Park is also managed by Artists First.

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