A Quiet Place star Millicent Simmonds is leading a TV adaptation of Sara Nović’s impending book True Biz – a coming-of-age story of a Deaf teenage girl.
Deaf actress Simmonds, who got through in Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck prior to showing up in John Krasinski’s horror film and its sequel, will star in and executive produce the variation, which is produced by Circle of Confusion Television Studios.
Genuine Biz tells the story of Charlie, played by Simmonds, a Deaf teenage girl struggling to get to access spoken language, and the meeting CODA (offspring of hard of hearing grown-ups) headmistress of a boarding school for deaf students, both of whom live in a common town in the present-day Midwest. Through Charlie, the story explores the alternatingly thrilling, frustrating, terrifying, and captivating journey of discovering one’s kin and one’s spot on the planet in the midst of huge social and political commotion, while likewise following an enthusiastic school administrator who goes to her own limit as she faces the appalling real factors of her undeniably full close to home and expert lives.
The book, composed by Girl At War author and Deaf rights lobbyist Nović, is to be distributed by Penguin Random House in March 2022.
The TV adaptation will be executive delivered by Simmonds, Nović, Brad Mendelsohn, Russ Buchholz and Charles Mastropietro. Tyler Knell, who carried the book to Circle of Confusion, will supervise the project for the studio.
The studio and producers plan for Deaf and in need of a hearing aide people to fill numerous imaginative and influential positions across the composition and creation of the series.
Circle of Confusion Television Studios is a joint endeavor between The Walking Dead maker and ITV Studios America.
“As soon as I read True Biz, I knew I had to jump at the chance to collaborate with a Deaf creator on a project with an authentic and fresh perspective of the Deaf community and am equally excited to portray a deaf teenage protagonist never before seen on screen. This project will be a truly unique opportunity to work with deaf professionals both in front and behind the camera throughout the project,” said Simmonds.
Nović said, “I am thrilled to be working with such a talented team to bring True Biz to life onscreen. The opportunity to share authentic Deaf stories with viewers has been a long-held dream.”
“This was a highly competitive bidding situation, and we couldn’t be more excited to be working with Sara and Millie on this ground-breaking series that will explore and celebrate d/Deaf identity through a blend of humor and pathos, while also drawing upon the universal themes found in self-expression, family, love, and loss,” added Buchholz.
Simmonds is repped by Circle of Confusion, WME, and lawyer Stewart Brookman, Nović is repped by Anonymous Content, which facilitated the arrangement with ITV Studios America, and The Wylie Agency, and Circle of Confusion TV Studios is repped by CAA and Howard Abramson of Behr Abramson Levy.
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