“Crying in H Mart,” the debut memoir of Japanese Breakfast lead singer Michelle Zauner, is slated to become a feature film.
What it’s about: Published in April, “Crying in H Mart” chronicles Zauner’s life growing up as a Korean American in Oregon. Zauner also shares memories of her mother, Chongmi, who died from pancreatic cancer in 2014.
- The memoir is based on Zauner’s viral New Yorker essay, which was published in 2018. During a recent interview with the AV Club, Zauner revealed that she submitted this essay to food publications and literary contests without a submission or entry fee, only to be rejected over and over again.
- After the success of her essay, Zauner landed a book deal with Knopf. Her memoir became a New York Times bestseller.
- Aside from sharing memories of Zauner’s late mother, “Crying in H Mart” sheds light on the indie artist’s life and career in the East Coast, as well as her first encounter with her husband and Japanese Breakfast guitarist Peter Bradley.
About the film: MGM’s Orion Pictures secured the rights to “Crying in H Mart,” with Stacey Sher and Korean-born filmmaker Jason Kim on board to produce.
- Kim produced HBO’s “Barry” and Netflix’s “Love,” while Sher produced movies such as “Django Unchained” and “Contagion,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
- “It is a surreal thrill to have the opportunity to memorialize my mother in film, and I consider it of the highest honor to pursue that task alongside creative luminaries such as Stacey Sher, Jason Kim and Orion Pictures,” Zauner said, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
No director or screenwriter has been revealed as of this writing.
Japanese Breakfast, which will provide the film’s soundtrack, released their third studio album “Jubilee” last Friday.