Ten years after “Brokeback Mountain,” the film’s screenwriters Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry are re-teaming for another tragic gay themed film based on the true story of Joe and Jadin Bell. And it gets better: A24 is developing the film, with the can-do-no-wrong Cary Fukunaga at the helm.
A24 released this synopsis:
The project is based upon the true story of Oregonian father-and-son Joe and Jadin Bell. Jadin, a fifteen-year-old openly gay sophomore, took his own life after being both bullied at high school and struggling for acceptance from the people closest to him. In the wake of Jadin’s suicide, Joe is plunged into a sea of remorse and regret. Attempting to work through his grief, Joe sets out on a walk across America, hoping to promote awareness about the consequences of prejudice to anyone he encounters along the way.
“Joe and Jadin Bell’s story is a poignant reminder of how precious life is, and a life-affirming example of love transcending the prejudice and victimization familiar to many,” said A24. “Cary is a truly exceptional filmmaker. We are honored to help bring his vision of this incredible true story to screen. With the legendary talents of Larry and Diana writing the script, we have no doubt this will be a profoundly emotional and unforgettable film.”
No cast has been announced, but surely anyone wanting an Oscar nomination will jump on the role of Joe.