Kevin Pollak will make his narrative directorial debut on the indie comedy “The Late Bloomer,” based on Ken Baker’s 2001 memoir “Man Made: A Memoir of My Body,” Variety has learned exclusively.
The book recounts E! news correspondent Baker’s experience of going through puberty for the first time at age 30 after having a pituitary tumor removed. The project was previously set up at Alcon Entertainment.
Producers are Raphael Kryszek and Jesse Israel of Ineffable Pictures with Heidi Jo Markel (“Olympus Has Fallen”) of Eclectic Pictures. Paul Kaplan and Mark Torgove rewrote Joe Nussbaum’s original draft of the script.
Pollak’s first outing as a director was the comedy doc “Misery Loves Comedy,” which was picked up by Tribeca Film just before its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January. He will star in Netflix’s “Special Correspondents” with Ricky Gervais and Eric Bana, and recently finished work alongside Jonah Hill and Miles Teller in Warner Bros.’ “Arms and the Dudes.”
Baker had a benign tumor that rested against his pituitary gland, which delayed his puberty and normal development. The operation to remove the tumor restored him to hormonally normal masculinity, but resulted in him having to experience all the effects of puberty over an extremely condensed three-week period.
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Baker was profiled in a “Dateline” segment on NBC following publication. Israel was a producer of that segment and brought the project into Alcon in 2008 when he was VP of development.
Ineffable is currently nearing production on “Tiger’s Curse” with Shekhar Kapur directing for Lotus Entertainment.
Pollak is represented by Innovative Artists and attorney Peter Nelson.