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Lionsgate Acquires Steven Rowley’s ‘The Gunkle’ To Turn It Into Film – Deadline


lionsgate got the right The GunkleBestselling author’s latest book Steven Rowley. Roli will adapt and executive produce the film, which Kristin Burrow (Cruella, Dora the Explorer) will produce through his thunder! Productions. Rob Weisbach will also produce.

The book, published last week by Putnam Imprint of Penguin Random House, follows a reclusive, once-famous gay TV star who moves his young niece and nephew into their Palm Springs home after their mother suddenly dies, leaving them behind. Introduces you to his outside life and unparalleled knowledge. And to bring healing to all three.

Courtesy of Steven Rowley

The deal marks the third Roli book after the development lily and octopus (at Amazon Studios) and Editor (20th century studio). rumble, which Cruella Hitting theaters last weekend, Lionsgate also has a producer on its upcoming unbearable load of huge talent Starring Nicolas Cage.

“We’re always drawn to stories about people finding connection or growth where they least expect it,” said Erin Westerman, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group president of production. “This is a refreshing, unexpected and heartwarming story of healing grief – a touching look at the family feeling this moment. We are thrilled to partner with Kristin and Steven and Rob on this amazing story, in which Everyone wishes they had a gunkle too.”

Lionsgate’s James Myers and Scott O’Brien will oversee the studio.

Rowley is repped by CAA and Rob Weisbach Creative Management.

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