The Canadian director of HBO’s big hit “Big Little Lies” and Gillian Flynn adaptation “Sharp Objects,” Jean-Marc Vallée, is now working on HBO limited series “Gorilla and the Bird,” a true life story about the relationship between a bipolar man and his mother.
Zack McDermott’s extremely well-received autobiography, “Gorilla and the Bird: A Memoir of Madness and a Mother’s Love,” is on the slate for Jean-Marc Vallée, the director of “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Wild” whose transition into TV has resulted in 2017’s critically acclaimed “Big Little Lies” and then 2018’s “Sharp Objects.”
As its title implies, McDermott’s book takes readers through his experiences as someone living with bipolar disorder and describes the effect his mother’s unconditional love had on him.
It was her “fierce and steadfast love” that was the light in Zack’s world as he gradually made his way back from a severe psychotic break, per the 2017 memoir’s publisher.
Vallée and the “Gorilla and the Bird” showrunner, Brian Sipe, worked together on 2015 film “Demolition.”
Another big name involved with the project is “Jump Street,” “Foxcatcher” and “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” actor Channing Tatum, who is one of the series’ executive producers.