Focus Options simply picked up a film challenge primarily based on a e-book from Michael Ausiello, Deadline stories.

Ausiello, 46, who grew up in Roselle Park, is founding father of TVLine, a web site that covers tv (which is a sister website to Deadline).

In Ausiello’s 2017 memoir: “Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Different 4-Letter Phrases,” he paperwork his relationship along with his husband, Equipment Cowan, and their final days collectively earlier than Cowan died. The photographer had been identified with an aggressive neuroendocrine most cancers.

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“Massive Bang Idea” star Jim Parsons optioned the e-book final yr and is about to star within the movie, which will probably be directed by Princeton native Michael Showalter (“The Massive Sick,” “Moist Scorching American Summer season”).

Dan Savage, author of the column “Savage Love” from Seattle’s The Stranger various biweekly, who served as an govt producer on ABC’s “The Actual O’Neals,” and David Marshall Grant (ABC’s “A Million Little Issues”) will write the screenplay. Parsons will even function a producer. 

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This won’t be Ausiello’s only project for the screen. The Union County-reared writer who formerly lived in Bloomfield is also developing a TV series based on his New Jersey upbringing.

The half-hour ’80s dramedy is inspired by Ausiello’s “TV-obsessed, closeted-gay childhood,” Deadline reported in July, saying the writer, a huge fan of “The Smurfs,” would be penning the script for Warner Bros. Television and serving as an executive producer. 

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