Writer/directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are set to begin production on Focus Features' It's Kind of a Funny Story in New York City this week.
Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Roberts, Viola Davis, Zoe Kravitz, Aasif Mandvi, Lauren Graham, and Jim Gaffigan star.
Boden and Fleck adapted the comedy drama from Ned Vizzini's 2006 novel of the same name. The story centers on 16-year-old Craig (Gilchrist), stressed out from the demands of being a teenager, checks himself into a mental health clinic. There he learns that the youth ward is closed - and finds himself stuck in the adult ward. One of the patients, Bobby (Galifianakis), soon becomes both Craig's mentor and protégé. Craig is also quickly drawn to another 16-year-old, Noelle (Roberts). With a minimum five days' stay imposed on him, Craig is sustained by friendships on both the inside and the outside as he learns more about life, love, and the pressures of growing up. Davis plays Dr. Minerva, the adult ward's staff psychiatrist; Kravitz portrays Nia, Craig's longtime crush; Mandvi is cast as Dr. Mahmoud, a hospital psychiatrist; and Graham and Gaffigan play Craig's parents, Lynn and George.
The film is scheduled to be released by Focus Features in November 2010.