After becoming a best-seller list mainstay, it’s no surprise that the Crying In H Mart adaptation seems to be moving along well. Author Michelle Zauner recounts her experiences growing up as a Korean American and reconciling her cultural heritage with her personal journey, all while navigating the heartbreaking loss of her mother to cancer. Through her profound and honest storytelling, Zauner invites readers to feel her vulnerability, grief, and ultimately, the healing power of embracing her roots.
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This page was updated: 8/4/23
About The Book:
A memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity.
Michelle Zauner tells of growing up one of the few Asian American kids at her school in Eugene, Oregon; of struggling with her mother’s particular, high expectations of her; of a painful adolescence; of treasured months spent in her grandmother’s tiny apartment in Seoul, where she and her mother would bond, late at night, over heaping plates of food.
As she grew up, moving to the East Coast for college, finding work in the restaurant industry, and performing gigs with her fledgling band—and meeting the man who would become her husband—her Koreanness began to feel ever more distant, even as she found the life she wanted to live. It was her mother’s diagnosis of terminal cancer, when Michelle was twenty-five, that forced a reckoning with her identity and brought her to reclaim the gifts of taste, language, and history her mother had given her.
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Current Production Status:
The film is currently in pre-production with a director named and a finished script in edits.
Crying In H Mart Adaptation Timeline:
The memoir was first released in April 2021 to critical acclaim as well as spending over 50 weeks on the New York Times Best-Sellers list.
A few months later in June is was announced that Orion Pictures was adapting the book with author Michelle Zauner writing the screenplay as well as working on the soundtrack with her band, Japanese Breakfast.
In March 2022 Zauner revealed that she had just finished the first draft of the script and was hopeful that it would be getting made within the next few years.
Will Sharpe was announced as the film’s director in March 2023.
Who Owns The Rights:
Orion Pictures (Women Talking) is leading the film production.
Who Is Attached:
Will Sharpe (White Lotus) is attached to direct the feature film.
No casting announcements have been made yet as of August 2023.
With the project still in the very early stages of development there are currently no known filming locations yet.
There is currently no estimated release timeframe made public as of Summer 2023 for when this movie will come to our screens.
Previous mentions on AiLL:
Crying In H Mart has not been featured on Alison in Libraryland before.
Other Adaptations From This Author:
This memoir was Michelle Zauner’s first book so there are no other works to be adapted.
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