Malala taps Adam McKay to direct ‘Disorientation’ adaptation for Apple
Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai and her production banner Extracurricular are in talks with Adam McKay’s Hyperobject Industries to team up to produce a film adaptation of the novel “Disorientation” for Apple TV+, a person with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap. .
The film would be part of Yousafzai’s slate of movies, TV series and documentaries that she is developing under a multi-year programming deal with the streamer. Yousafzai confirmed the news of the project in an interview with Variety on Tuesday, but TheWrap was informed that the project was not officially greenlit and did not yet have a director, although it was reported that McKay would be the director.
The film, which Variety said was also titled “Disorientation,” is an adaptation of Elaine Hsieh Chou’s book of the same name. A satire on a college student writing an essay on a young poet, the book was released earlier this year and is the Taiwanese-American author’s debut novel.
Yousafzai is producing “Disorientation” with “The Flight Attendant” producer Erika Kennair, who was cast as President of Production at Extracurricular.
One of Yousafzai’s other projects that has been given the green light is an untitled documentary about “haenyeo,” or a group of “Korean mermaids,” who are elderly freedivers whose job is to fish for seafood offshore. of Jeju Island has supported their community for generations. Matriarchs, breadwinners and rambunctious grandmothers, the number of haenyeo has dwindled in recent decades. But now their youngest descendants are helping to revive the revered and often dangerous way of life of their ancestors, while fighting to protect the ocean from impending environmental threats.
Variety first broke the news of the two projects.