"Multiple distributors are bidding" for Boy Erased, directed by Joel Edgerton (The Gift) from a script he will write based on the memoir by Garrard Conley, Deadline reported. Edgerton is starring with Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea) and "is courting Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman for supporting roles."
Edgerton is producing with Anonymous Content's Kerry Roberts and Steve Golin. Tony Lipp, Kim Hodgert Rebecca Yeldham and Ann Ruark are the executive producers. The film starts production in the fall.
A film adaptation of The Hippopotamus, based on Stephen Fry's bestselling novel about the "disgruntled, cantankerous, semi-famous poet Ted Wallace who is hired to investigate strange doings at Lord and Lady Logan's country manor," will open June 15 in the U.S., according to Lightyear Entertainment. Directed by John Jencks, the movie's cast includes Roger Allam, Matthew Modine, Fiona Shaw and Tim McInnerny. Producers are Jay Taylor and Alexa Seligman.