Amy Adams’ Bond Group Entertainment and Jake Gyllenhaal’s Nine Stories have won competitive bidding for the development and production of Susan Simard’s recently published memoir. Finding the mother tree. Adams will play Simard, a world-renowned scientist and ecologist who first discovered how trees communicate underground through a vast network of fungi. Simard’s work is valued as “planetary significance” and forever changes the way we look at trees. Inspires both authors and filmmakers from James Cameron’s Tree of Souls Avatar to the main character in the novel by Richard Powers Too big a story.
IN Finding the mother treeSimard writes about his own unique journey as a mother, a former lumberjack and iconoclastic scientist, and reveals how trees that have lived side by side for hundreds of years have evolved and communicated. At the heart of it all are the mother trees: mysterious, powerful forces that connect and sustain all life that surrounds them. Although her initial revolutionary discoveries were rejected and even ridiculed, they are now firmly supported by research and data. Her memoirs were published today by Knopf.
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The film will be produced by Adams and Stacey O’Neill for Bond Group Entertainment and Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker for Nine Stories. Noah Stall of Nine Stories and Kate Clifford of Bond Group Entertainment will be pastors for their respective companies.
Gyllenhaal and a nine-story marker: “Finding the mother tree is a rare and touching book – partly charming memoirs, partly a catastrophe in forest ecology. And yet, he manages to be for the things that matter most: the ways we care for each other, we fail, and we listen. After the last year and a half, her lessons on motherhood, relationships and the natural world are more timely than ever and we are excited to partner with Amy, Stacey and their company and Susanna Simard to adapt this magnificent story to the film. “
Sides Adams and O’Neill: “Susanna’s novel is an inspiration. Creatively, this excites us with a story about the power of awe-inspiring nature and the insurmountable parallels in Susanna’s personal life. It forever transforms our views of the world and the interconnectedness of our environment. Finding the mother tree is not only a deeply beautiful memoir about the impactful life of a woman, but also a call to action to protect, understand and connect with the natural world. We are excited to partner with Jake & Riva to present Susanna’s important life story and expand the scope of her groundbreaking work. “
Summer said: “The forest taught me that our relationships – with each other and with the trees, plants and animals around us – are what make our lives beautiful, strong and healthy. I’m glad to partner with dreamers from Nine Stories and Bond Group to bring this story to the screen and share it with people everywhere. “
Adams and Bond Group are represented by WME, Linden Entertainment and Sloane Offer; Nine Stories is with WME and Goodman, Genow; Simard is with Idea Architects and WME.