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.
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.