Mark Oliver Everett’s autobiographical novel “Things the Grandchildren Should Know” is in development as a feature film with the Eels’ frontman on board as an executive producer.
Luke Jaden and Cort Johns will write and produce the adaptation under their Troika banner. Anthony Garth will direct and produce “Things the Grandchildren Should Know” under his company the Lost Ones.
The story, published in 2008, asks how one young man can survive an unsteady upbringing along with the deaths of his entire family and manage to make something worthwhile of his life. Everett is the son of physicist Hugh Everett III, originator of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum theory, who died in 1982; his sister Elizabeth died in 1997; and his mother Nancy died of lung cancer in 1998.
The filmmakers are in post-production on the drama “Wolf Who Cried Boy,” starring Barkhad Abdi Dwight Henry, and have also been tapped to write and direct the adaptation of the novel “Hacker.”
Everett is the lead singer, songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist and sometime drummer of the alternative rock band the Eels. Also known as E, he’s known for writing songs tackling subjects such as death, mental illness, loneliness and unrequited love.
Everett is repped by CAA and managed by Benchmark Entertainment. Jaden is repped by Frankfurt Kurnit Klein and Selz.