Watch the Proof-Of-Concept Video for the Adaptation of The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To
Rocket boots, Vampires, Aliens and The Apocalypse. Those are just a few of the things that make an appearance in DC Pierson's wickedly funny Young Adult Sci-Fi book, 'The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To'. Upon hearing that said things make an appearance in the book, your first reaction is probably to think "I must read this". Your second reaction is, or at least, should be to think "that would make an awesome movie". Luckily, Dan Eckman and Meggie McFadden are working with DC Pierson to try and do just that. To aid their fundraising cause they've put together this brilliant Proof-Of-Concept video starring The Grand Budapest Hotel's Tony Revolori.
Eckman and and McFadden summarize the project below:
"Director Dan Eckman ("Community," "Mystery Team") and his frequent collaborators Meggie McFadden and DC Pierson are adapting Pierson's award-winning novel The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep And Never Had To into a feature film.The filmmakers self-produced this proof-of-concept short starring Tony Revolori (Best Picture nominee "The Grand Budapest Hotel") and Jack Quaid ("The Hunger Games"), and are actively seeking financing for the feature film version.
The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep And Never Had To is a coming-of-age sci-fi adventure in the tradition of Back To The Future, with classic teen-movie themes like friendship, first love, and betrayal playing out on a superhuman scale.
Darren, a high school outcast whose only refuge is his homemade comic book, gets launched into an adventure way cooler than anything he could dream up when he discovers his best friend has no biological need for sleep and can bring their dreams into reality.
Composed of equal parts action, humor, and heart, this story of a comic book fan who finds himself in a real-life superhero movie will make audiences believe that anything is possible.
DC Pierson's The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To was released back in 2010, but it wouldn't be until 2012 that the book really shot to prominence after Pierson responded directly (and brilliantly) to a high school student's request for help in reviewing it on Yahoo! Answers.
After the student asked for someone to "completely cover" the book for them, Pierson responded with a frank comment about how they might actually enjoy reading this particular tome.
"I'm not going to sit here and act like I didn't sometimes not read assigned books for class in high school. Even though it's referenced once in my book, the book you're avoiding reading, I've never actually read "The Scarlet Letter." So I'm sympathetic to your plight. But I think you'll find there's a ton more sex, swearing, and drugs in my book than anything else you have been or will be assigned in high school, and I don't mean in the way your teacher will tell you "You know, Shakespeare has more sex and violence than an R-rated movie!" I mean it's all there, in terms you will readily understand without having to Google them. Plus not once to I refer to anything as a "bare bodkin" or anything like that."
If that doesn't make you root for this guy, I don't know what will!