Rob Burnett to write, helm adaptation of Evison novel

Worldwide Pants, Rob Burnett and Jon Beckerman’s B&B Prods. have acquired feature film rights to Jonathan Evison’s novel “The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving.”

Burnett will adapt the novel for the screen and plans to direct as a follow-up to his recent debut, “We Made This Movie.”

“The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving” tells the story of a man who has lost virtually everything, including his wife, his family, his home and his livelihood. He enrolls in a night class called the Fundamentals of Caregiving, taught in the basement of a local church. Assigned to care for a teen patient, he realizes his training has done little to prepare him for the realities of caregiving. The two then embark upon a wild road trip across the American West.

“When I read Jonathan’s novel I was thoroughly impressed by his careful and skillful handling of such delicate material,” Burnett said. “In lesser hands the book would have been maudlin, but Jonathan miraculously infuses a heartbreaking story with inspiration, hope and even comedy.”

The film rights were negotiated by CAA for Burnett/B&B Prods. with CAA and Foundry Literary & Media on behalf of Evison.

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