Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden Directing It's Kind of a Funny Story
by Alex Billington
August 10, 2009
Husband and wife directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, who previously brought us indie hits Half Nelson and Sugar, are working another project that they will write called It's Kind of a Funny Story next. The coming-of-age dramedy was picked up by Focus Features, who will finance, produce and distribute the film. The story centers on a 15-year-old boy named Craig who, battling depression, checks into a psychiatric hospital but finds himself placed in the adult ward. He has a series of colorful and dramatic relationships with a group of adults - many of whom he finds are far crazier than he is - and a girl his own age. Read on!
It's Kind of a Funny Story is based on a 450-page young-adult novel written by Ned Vizzini and published in 2006. From a review on Amazon: "Vizzini offers an eloquent, memorable fictional description of teenage clinical depression in his latest novel; one which is the most honest, and truly - on occasion - humorous accounts I have come across." The budget will only be about $8 million, which is the norm for Fleck and Boden (as their past films were also inexpensive). They're expecting to bring on name actors for the adult roles, but will look for talented unknowns for the teen roles. See you again at Sundance, Ryan and Anna!