Emma Frost (The White Queen, The White Princess) is adapting John Elder Robison's book Switched On: A Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional Awakening for Focus Features and Don Handfield's Motor production company, which jointly acquired the rights to the book for development, Deadline reported. Handfield will produce and Focus president of production Josh McLaughlin is the executive in charge of production. They previously worked together on Kill The Messenger starring Jeremy Renner.
"John's story is so timely and touching, it's a privilege to be able to partner with Focus to bring this incredible true story to life. Emma Frost is such a terrific and sought after writer and we are delighted to have her voice behind this project," said Handfield.
Tom Hughes (Victoria) is joining the cast of Red Joan, based on the 2013 book by Jennie Rooney, Deadline reported. Judi Dench plays the eponymous Joan Stanley with Sophie Cookson (Kingsman: The Golden Circle) as the young Joan. Trevor Nunn is directing from Lindsay Shapero's script.