New Line Cinema has picked up the upcoming memoir Home Is Burning from Dan Marshall in a competitive bidding situation, with Miles Teller set to star and Jonathan Levine attached to direct. Both the actor and filmmaker will also produce the adaptation for New Line. The book, which is Dan Marshall's first, will be published in October through Flatiron Books.
The plot follows the author as he has to move back home into his parents' basement, after finding out that his mother's cancer has relapsed and his father is diagnosed with ALS. At the time, Marshall was a recent college graduate living in Los Angeles, when he returned to his family home and reunited with his four siblings, who The Hollywood Reporter describe as all "colorful characters with life challenges of their own." Together they formed "Team Terminal" to help their parents fight off the terminal afflictions.
The book is being compared to the work of authors David Sedaris and Dave Eggers, mixing in plenty of dark humor in spite of the difficult situations the characters face. Jonathan Levine has some experience with this type of story, directing the comedy 50/50, which is based on writer Will Reiser and his battles with cancer. Author Dan Marshall will write the screenplay adaptation himself. This will mark Miles Teller's second producing effort following The Life and Times of the Stopwatch Gang, which Universal Pictures acquired last month.
Miles Teller can currently be seen in the young adult sequel The Divergent Series: Insurgent, and he will next be seen in Fantastic Four. He is currently shooting Arms & the Dudes alongside Jonah Hill. Jonathan Levine's directing credits include Warm Bodies, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane and The Wackness.