Randall Park blew up big on ABC sitcom Just arrived by boat, but Marvel fans love him more as agent James E. “Jimmy” Woo, who first debuted in Ant-Man and the Wasp before returning in WandaVision earlier this month. The actor is now set to make his feature film directorial debut. And it will do so with an adaptation of Adrian Tomine’s acclaimed graphic novel. Defects.
Roadside Attraction and Imminent Collision will team up in the film adaptation of Adrian Tomine’s acclaimed graphic novel. Defects. Randall Park will make his feature film directorial debut in the comedic drama, with a screenplay adapted by Tomine, who is also an executive producer. Independent studio Roadside Attraction will produce in collaboration with Park, Michael Golamco and Hieu Ho’s Imminent Collision. Roadside, Imminent and Park have been developing the project with Tomine and will be targeting buyers in the coming weeks.
Tomine, considered one of the most masterful cartoonists of his generation, is known for his famous cover illustrations for The New Yorker. His acclaimed graphic novels include his graphic memoirs The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist, named Remarkable Book of the Year by the New York Times, and the 2015 short story collection Killing & Dying, which serves as the basis for the work. by Jacques Audiard, recently wrapped. next feature film, Les Olympiades.
Defects follows a trio of young Bay Area urbanites, Ben Tanaka, Miko Hayashi and Alice Kim, as they navigate a variety of interpersonal relationships, traversing the country in search of the ideal connection. In cafes, bars, and bedrooms, their stories collide and intertwine with naked frankness and edgy humor. The groundbreaking graphic novel is considered an iconic work of contemporary Asian American fiction and stands as a poignant and hilariously irreverent examination of racial politics, sexual mores, and pop culture.
Park has been making a foray into television directing, having directed the series finale of Just arrived by boat, which ended his historic six-season run on ABC last year and in which he played beloved father ‘Louis Huang’. He most recently played ‘Jimmy Woo’ on the critically acclaimed Marvel series. WandaVision on Disney +. Regarding feature films, Park co-wrote, produced and starred in the hit Netflix romantic comedy. You will always be my maybe. Randall Park said about his new project.
“I’m a huge fan of Adrian’s work, and I’m very excited to team up with him and Roadside Attraction in this updated, modern version of Deficiencies. In these characters, I see versions of Asian Americans in my own life: I love them and the ones who just I tolerate “.
Adrian Tomine said.
“Defects is a book that is very close to my heart, and I have long resisted the idea of any adaptation that did not feel true to the style and spirit of the material. Randall, Roadside Attractions, and Imminent Collision immediately impressed me with their passion, knowledge and vision for this film. They have been invaluable partners in the process of translating Deficiencies both to screen and to current times, and I am honored to be a part of this collaboration. “
Co-Chairs Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff, Senior Vice President Jennifer Berman and Creative Executive Ryan Paine, who brought the project to the company, are producing for the roadside attractions. Hieu Ho, Michael Golamco and Randall Park will produce for Imminent Collision. Said Roadside Executive Vice President Jennifer Berman.
“With his adaptation of Shortcomings, Adrian has proven not only to be a brilliant cartoonist but also a talented screenwriter. When Randall came to us with the vision of a true artist to tell this cinematic story, everything fell into place. We were honored to working with this stellar creative team to help bring this hilariously moving story to the screen.
Roadside Attraction has been a staple of American independent cinema since the company was founded in 2003. Roadside Attraction is currently a production company at Lionsgate’s Dear white people series for Netflix and expects to make more announcements for film and television projects in the near future as it continues to expand into development and production.
Imminent Collision was founded by longtime creative partners Hieu Ho, Michael Golamco, and Randall Park. The film and television production company is dedicated to creating distinct, universal and comedy stories about Asian Americans for all audiences. Imminent Collision has several high-profile projects in the works, including shows under its television deal with 20th Television / Disney Television Studios. Tomine is represented by UTA. Imminent Collision is represented by UTA and Myman Greenspan. The park is also managed by Artists First. Attractions on the road is represented by Sheppard Mullin.