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Alcon develops ‘Late Bloomer’

Story of a man who undergoes puberty in three weeks

Alcon Entertainment, fresh off the success of “The Blind Side,” is developing “Late Bloomer,” the true story of a man who undergoes puberty in three weeks.

Alcon toppers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson will produce along with Heidi Jo Markel while Alcon exec VP Steven Wegner will executive producer.

Based on the 2001 book “Man Made: A Memoir” by Ken Baker, Alcon’s developing the project as a broad comedy.

The original book chronicled Baker’s struggle with the effects of a benign tumor that rested against his pituitary gland, which delayed his puberty and normal development, causing him frustration and embarrassment. At age 27, a successful operation to remove the tumor restored him to hormonally normal masculinity, but resulted in his experiencing all the effects of puberty over an extremely condensed three-week period.

Baker is a news editor at E! Entertainment and has also been an entertainment reporter at People and US. Baker was profiled in a “Dateline NBC” segment following publication; a producer of the segment was Jesse Israel, currently Alcon’s VP of development, who was instrumental in bringing the project to the banner. Alcon acquired the rights in 2008 and optioned a screenplay written by Gary Rosen.

Alcon’s re-imagined the project as a broad comedy, and hired new screenwriter Joe Nussbaum who has written an entirely new draft. That script is currently out to directors. Nussbaum is repped by WME and Principato-Young.

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