Sarah Levitt’s acclaimed 2010 graphic novel/memoir Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer’s, My Mother and Me is being adapted into an animated feature produced by Monarch Media, Point Grey Pictures, Lylas Pictures and Giant Ant. According to Deadline.com, the film will be directed by Giant Ant principal Leah Nelson. Monarch Media’s Vicky Patel, Steve Barnett and Alan Powell will produce, along with Seth Rogen (Point Grey Pictures) and Lauren Miller Rogen (Lylas Pictures).
The graphic novel centers on a woman’s return to her conservative small town to take care of her mother who is coping with Alzheimer’s disease. Patel, Rogen and Miller Rogen are all passionate Alzheimer’s activists and fundraisers, having been impacted by the disease directly in their lives.
“I’m overjoyed at the opportunity to make this unique and special film,” said Nelson. “When I read the graphic novel, I was blown away by Sarah Leavitt’s ability to tell her story with such honesty and bold creativity and I knew it needed to be brought to life on screen. I have been so fortunate to work with the teams at Point Grey and LYLAS Pictures who have devoted so much time, care and attention to this project and have wholeheartedly supported my creative vision. With Monarch Media now backing the project, we have a team of people who are not only committed to world-class storytelling, but to ensuring we do justice to this remarkable story.”
Giant Ant is an Emmy-winning animation studio based in Vancouver. Co-founded by Nelson, its clients including Apple, Cartoon Network, Airbnb & Warner Brothers. Point Grey Pictures is Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s production company which was launched in 2011 and is behind Prime Video’s Emmy-nominated series The Boys and its spin-off Gen V, set at America’s only college for young superheroes, as well as the CG remake of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Paramount and Nickelodeon