Kimberly Peirce will take the director’s chair on a Man’s Search for Meaning movie
Boys Don’t Cry director Kimberly Peirce is set to direct a Man’s Search for Meaning movie, based on Viktor Frankl’s international best-selling memoir and psychiatristic analysis of his time spent in four different Nazi concentration camps, including Auschwitz. The Man’s Search for Meaning movie is being developed at Straight Up Films. At the moment, Peirce is actively speaking with screenwriters.
Published in 1946, Man’s Search for Meaning has sold more than 12 million copies in 24 languages. Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s iconic oeuvre of finding meaning and purpose during the darkest days of World War II has riveted generations of readers worldwide. Sixty years later, Frankl’s purpose-filled life lessons remain timeless. The Library of Congress found Man’s Search for Meaning to be among “the ten most influential books in America.”
“When I first read Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning decades ago, I was touched by Frankl’s remarkable ability to make meaning and thus find a will to live from the immense and brutal losses, he and those around him endured,” says Peirce. “I was further moved by his ability to transform these experiences into a profound philosophy for living and appreciating life. Over the years I have reread this great work and it has inspired me in unique and powerful ways. It is a tremendous honor to adapt and direct Viktor Frankl’s amazing life and work into a movie.”
“Kimberly’s insight and connection to the heart of the material coupled with her proven ability to find the emotional power and significance of her characters wildly impressed us,” say SUF co-founders Marisa Polvino and Kate Cohen. “‘Man’s Search’ requires a unique voice and visionary mind, and Kimberly is exactly that.”
Straight Up Films has secured the exclusive rights to make the Man’s Search for Meaning movie and is planning to begin production in 2017 with Cohen and Polvino producing alongside Kevin Hall. Straight Up Films will be financing.
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