Robert Zemeckis & Steve Carell to Adapt Marwencol Doc for Universal


marwencolJeff Malmberg’s acclaimed 2010 documentary Marwencol is being adapted into a narrative film by Oscar-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis and TheWrap is reporting that recent Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Steve Carell has signed to star in the movie, which will be produced and distributed by Universal Pictures.

Malmberg’s documentary introduced viewers to artist and photographer Mark Hogancamp, a man who was brutally assaulted, leaving him with no memory. The way that Mark coped with his new status was by creating a miniature village called Marwencol, populated by dolls of himself and others  to help him come to terms with what happened to him. 

Hogancamp’s story has been adapted by Edward Scissorhands writer 87th Annual Oscars Red Carpet ArrivalsCaroline Thompson and it will be produced by Zemeckis’ ImageMovers with Malmberg executive producing. 

In theory, this would be Zemeckis’ third movie in a row based on a true story after 2012’s Flight starring Denzel Washington and the upcoming The Walk starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt (based on events that were documented in the Oscar-winning Man on Wire).

Before shooting this film, Carell will wrap up The Big Short with his Anchorman director Adam McKay, Brad Pitt, Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling, as well as the drama Freehold, opposite Julianne Moore and Ellen Page.

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