Peter Berg Attached to Direct Buzz Bissinger Adaptation FATHER’S DAY

     June 19, 2012

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Director Peter Berg is plotting a reunion of sorts with Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger (who also happens to be Berg’s cousin).  Variety reports that Berg is attached to direct an adaptation of Bissinger’s memoir Father’s Day.  Unlike Bissinger’s other sports-centered books, Father’s Day chronicles the author’s relationship with his son who has a serious intellectual handicap.  The book recounts a road trip Bissinger took with his 24-year-old son to visit all the places they’ve lived together during the boy’s life.  The pic would be a tonal shift for the Hancock and Battleship director, but Berg’s dramatic experience with the critically acclaimed Friday Night Lights TV series inspires confidence in his ability to handle more weighty material.

Universal is said to be looking to finance the project, but Berg is first expected to direct an adaptation of the Navy SEAL book Lone SurvivorMark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch and Ben Foster are attached to star, and production is expected to get underway later this year.  Hit the jump to read a synopsis for Father’s Day.fathers-day-book-coverHere’s a synopsis for Father’s Day:

A remarkable memoir from the best-selling author of Friday Night Lights and Three Nights in August.

Buzz Bissinger’s twins were born three minutes—and a world—apart. Gerry, the older one, is a graduate student at Penn, preparing to become a teacher. His brother Zach has spent his life attending special schools. He’ll never drive a car, or kiss a girl, or live by himself. He is a savant, challenged by serious intellectual deficits but also blessed with rare talents: an astonishing memory, a dazzling knack for navigation, and a reflexive honesty that can make him both socially awkward and surprisingly wise.

Buzz realized that while he had always been an attentive father, he didn’t really understand what it was like to be Zach. So one summer night Buzz and Zach hit the road to revisit all the places they have lived together during Zach’s twenty-four years. Zach revels in his memories, and Buzz hopes this journey into their shared past will bring them closer and reveal to him the mysterious workings of his son’s mind and heart. The trip also becomes Buzz’s personal journey, yielding revelations about his own parents, the price of ambition, and its effect on his twins.

As father and son journey from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, they see the best and worst of America and each other. Ultimately, Buzz gains a new and uplifting wisdom, realizing that Zach’s worldview has a sturdy logic of its own: a logic that deserves the greatest respect. And with the help of Zach’s twin, Gerry, Buzz learns an even more vital lesson about Zach: character transcends intellect. We come to see Zach as he truly is: patient, fearless, perceptive, kind—a man of excellent character. [Amazon]

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