Global content co. Unger Media announced it is adapting the children’s book Never Forget Eleanor as an animated feature. Published in February, the picture book is written by New York Times best-selling author Jason June and illustrator Loren Long, and shines a light on both the power of words in our lives and how we keep the memories of loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia.
The feature film project will expand on the book’s story, which centers on a young elephant and his loving grandmother. From publisher HarperCollins:
Elijah loves spending time with his grandma Eleanor. She knows all the best words to answer tricky crossword puzzles and to tell the most beautiful stories to her family and friends.
Everyone calls her “Never Forget Eleanor” because she remembers every word she reads and person she meets. Lately though, Elijah has started to notice Grandma Eleanor forgetting little things.
So when Grandma Eleanor doesn’t show up for her Saturday story session, Elijah will need to find a way to use her favorite words and become the storyteller himself to bring her home.
Unger Media and June are already developing another project, a feature film adaptation of the author’s young adult rom-com Jay’s Gay Agenda.
June has also written the NYT best-selling YA novel Out of the Blue, and this year will be releasing Riley Weaver Needs a Date to the Gaybutante Ball, which explores the freedom and limitations of gender and sexuality labels, and rivals-to-lovers fantasy The Spells We Cast. He is represented by Triada US.