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    Post  Eugene on Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:05 pm

    COCKEYED - Cockeyed by Ryan Knighton is adapted by him from his highly acclaimed memoir with the same title. The story is tough, tender, and darkly comic as Ryan crashes into life while going slowly blind, and trying to save his brother Rory from drugs, alcohol, and a really bad girlfriend. In the end Ryan finds his own way forward and a wonderful woman who makes him stronger by refusing to pity his tangled life and loss of sight.
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    Post  Guest on Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:52 pm

    "Cockeyed" by Ryan Knighton definitely seems to be one of Jodie's next directing projects.

    Knighton's previous memoir, Cockeyed, was an often hilarious account of his experiences as he slowly loses his sight, now being developed as a film with Jodie Foster directing. Yes, I said hilarious -- it was a finalist for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour.

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    Post  Eugene on Sun Apr 25, 2010 8:43 pm

    When does filming start? ]


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    Post  Guest on Sun Apr 25, 2010 8:59 pm

    No idea. That might still take quite some time. First they have to make sure there is enough financing, even though it's an independent film.
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    Release(?) Date:2011


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    Post  Claudia on Thu Jun 24, 2010 7:01 pm

    I don't think so. We don't even know when they will start filming.
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    Blind Author Ryan Knighton's Hollywood Moment

    Ryan Knighton never intended his memoir "Cockeyed" to become a screenplay. But chance, and Jodie Foster, may yet give him his Hollywood ending



    To its denizens Hollywood teaches patience, if nothing else. “Nobody says no, nobody says yes,” says Ryan Knighton, sitting in the sunny living room of his home near Commercial Drive. He’s 18 months into adapting his first book, the memoir Cockeyed, for the screen, and the process has been an education in what he calls “an economy of enthusiasm: everybody loves everything. They just don’t know what will happen later.”

    Knighton is on equal footing, then, with every would-be screenwriter with an option on his life story, except that he’s blessed with unique material—in Cockeyed, he narrates the zag his life took as he was losing his sight to a condition called retinitis pigmentosa. What sets the coming-of-blindness account apart is Knighton’s refusal to sentimentalize his sighted teen years or rhapsodize about the supposedly mystic beauty of blindness. Plus, there’s the undeniable oomph of his project’s supporters.

    Jodie Foster is set to direct the picture. She got the script through her manager at ICM, who got the script (welcome to Hollywood) from a New York film agent called Jody Hotchkiss, who heard of the project through Knighton’s literary agent in Toronto, Denise Bukowski. Hotchkiss—Knighton credits him with any success he’s finding in L.A.—originally passed on the book, “so I very naively said to Denise, ‘Well, can I phone him?’ ” The famously eccentric former MGM executive (who was involved in Goodfellas and American Gangster) offered that if Knighton wrote a film treatment, he’d send back notes. Knighton accepted immediately. But wait, he said. What’s a film treatment? “From what I can understand,” he says now with a shrug, “you write it in present tense and it’s basically a beat-by-beat telling of what the movie would look like.”

    So he gave it a shot, and Hotchkiss was pleased: “This is way better than the book,” he told Knighton. “These people won’t read the book anyway.” The next step would be development of a script, but in the new economy money was scarce. Knighton confided that if someone would just option the story, he’d write a screenplay on spec. Hotchkiss surprised him by taking the plunge himself, paying Knighton an annual option of $5,000. The education continued: “He told me what software to use, he sent me three scripts—I’d never read a film script.”

    The screenplay that resulted in May 2007 won Knighton a place at the Screenwriters’ Lab at Robert Redford’s esteemed Sundance Institute, where he met Tom Rickman, who’d adapted Loretta Lynn’s Coal Miner’s Daughter for director Michael Apted. Apted was suddenly offering to direct, but was then pulled back into the once-doomed third Chronicles of Narnia feature. The alternate was Foster, whom Apted directed in 1994’s Nell.

    “She’s very cool,” Knighton says. “We’d have these conversations on the phone, very abstract, about what she wanted to do.” Her complaint about Knighton’s work “was that I’d made myself into the least interesting character. I mistook going blind for a character transformation. That still strikes me as such an insight.”

    When the two met for lunch—at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons—he asked what interested her in the story. “She said all characters she’s been drawn to have one thing in common: they have a secret, and all the drama grows from there. Given how long I hid my condition, and that most of my story is about the hiding of it, it made sense.” The meeting was a success, except for the sandwich. “I’m always a bit lunch-worried because, well, I tend to savage my food. Imagine me with a knife. So I smartly ordered a clubhouse. What I hadn’t anticipated was the goopy calibre of it. So I spent much of lunch covertly trying to find new dry spots on my napkin that could deal with massive mayo outflow as I nodded and listened to Jodie’s thoughts, and hoped she wasn’t perplexed by my chronic napkin use.”

    The second time they met, two months later, was in New York, along with Knighton’s wife (described in film material as “a wonderful woman who makes him stronger by refusing to pity his tangled life and loss of sight”). “I thought, Tracey’s got a right to meet her; this is her story, too.” The three attended a staged reading of Cockeyed at the Tribeca Film Festival, where the project had won a $40,000 award for science writing. Richard Thomas (The Waltons’ John Boy) read as Knighton’s doctor; Knighton himself was played by Broadway’s Christopher Abbott. Afterward, the Team Cockeyed consensus was that the reading had highlighted a significant casting problem. “Twenty-year-old actors in L.A. and New York just want to grow some stubble and mumble in their overcoats. What was missing is that I’m supposed to be 18 and slap-happy and stupid.” Over dinner, Foster pulled out a version of the script. She’d crossed out a bunch of material and, on the fly, said “Act 1 ends here, Act 2 starts here, ends here, Act 3 starts here, I don’t know where it ends yet, that’s what’s missing. These things don’t do anything; these ones you keep.” “It was like the work of an architect,” says Knighton. “She kept 20, 25 percent of the original stuff.”

    Knighton is still enthusiastic about the project, but that dinner was in April of 2009. Since then, Foster has been immersed in The Beaver with Mel Gibson (of voicemail fame), and Knighton has had to broaden his scope. He’s become an adjudicator for Sundance, is working with Paul and Liz Giamatti’s production company on a biographical project about a boy kidnapped by his crazy father, and is adapting Ronald Wright’s dystopic novel A Scientific Romance. He’s also been shopping the treatment for his new book, a memoir called C’mon Papa about his first years as a blind dad.

    Somewhere in there, he’s meant to be teaching creative writing at Capilano University full-time and developing another nonfiction book. This one, Nothing to See Here, is in the travel mould of Susan Orlean. “I’ve always complained that the thing I never got was an education of my other senses when I lost my sight.” So he’s touring the world’s nonvisual wonders. Last year, he travelled to Scotland to experience flounder-tramping—a Viking holdover whereby Scottish farmers walk upriver, feeling with bare feet for fish nestled in the silt. The visual artist Brian Jungen is putting him in touch with a group up north to join a beluga hunt. The attraction this time will be not feeling but chewing: “It’s not necessarily about tasting the beluga—the western notion of tasting is a luxury, after all—but the idea of just the satisfaction of using your mandibles, since there’s so little in their diet that’s really hard to chew.” And he’s just back from Sweetwater, Texas, home to the world’s largest rattlesnake roundup. (The auditory experience of encountering 700 rattlesnakes, he says, is like coming across a waterfall in the jungle.) He also skinned a five-foot western diamondback and held the snake’s still-beating heart.

    “The sensation of butchering that snake will stay with me forever,” he says. And adds, as the book research, parenthood, and foray into Hollywood are all teaching him: “It’s all about occasions for happenstance.”

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    Post  Artful_Dodger on Sun Aug 22, 2010 9:07 pm

    He seems really cool. I hope JF gets to make the movie with him.

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    (I like the rattlesnake thing…… )

    Sounds like something she could really shine with.

    Something… Anything?

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    I'm with you, django. mol
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    Post  Claudia on Thu Aug 26, 2010 7:42 pm

    This could be an interesting directing project. I read the book some time ago. I liked his writing a lot.
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    Post  Leslie on Thu Aug 26, 2010 8:21 pm

    Jodie's note to self: Casting will NOT INCLUDE my pal Mel Gibson. Dude virtually killed The Beaver!
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    Post  Claudia on Thu Aug 26, 2010 8:32 pm

    No need for a character around Mel's age there... Laughing

    The only one I remember is Ryan Knighton's father but that's a rather small part. Laughing

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    Post  red on Fri Aug 27, 2010 1:03 am

    I haven't read his book yet. To those who have read it - Who can you see Jodie casting in these roles?
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    Post  Leslie on Fri Aug 27, 2010 5:06 am

    Claudia wrote:No need for a character around Mel's age there... Laughing

    The only one I remember is Ryan Knighton's father but that's a rather small part. Laughing


    I haven't read it, so I have no idea. Just suggesting that not casting Mel was probably a good idea. sunny
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    Ryan Knighton's wit in focus

    Post  Eugene on Fri Oct 21, 2011 9:09 pm

    Blindness is usually considered a handicap, but for screenwriter Ryan Knighton, it's been a blessing in disguise.
    "He's learned to use creativity as a way to fight against isolation," says Jodie Foster, who advised Knighton as he adapted his memoir "Cockeyed" for the bigscreen. "He really understands frailty, human interconnectedness and absurdity of spirit."

    Those abilities will come in handy for his biggest assignment yet: adapting Paul Hoffman's tome "Wings of Madness: Alberto Santos-Dumont and the Invention of Flight" for the live-action feature debut of "Ice Age" helmer Chris Wedge.

    The Wedge Works World Wide biopic will chronicle Santos-Dumont's spectacular balloon and dirigible trips above turn-of-the-century Paris, and how a new form of international celebrity sparked his descent from eccentricity into madness. The banner's Nikki Levy is overseeing the project, developed with discretionary funds from Fox's first-look deal with Wedge Works.

    Handing such a visually driven project to a vision-impared scribe might seem counterintuitive to some, but the 39-year-old husband and father -- who began going blind at age 18 -- says his condition helped him become a better writer.

    "Ironically, the reading of a script is more of a full experience for me because my life and world is mediated by description, not seen images," says Knighton, whose punk, tattooed look is offset by a Canadian politeness and sharp wit evident in his work.

    "I literally write aloud. My stupid computer voice reads back what I write, so I hear it only aloud, never in my head. I've read that Andrew Sorkin writes speaking his dialogue. It is evidenced in anything he lends his ear to. I get that heart and soul. Dialogue is music first. Not information."

    Knighton, who continues to teach contempo literature at North Vancouver's Capilano U., has had a busy 2011, working with Mandalay Pictures, FilmColony, Epoch Films and producer Anne Carey. His adaptation of his 2006 memoir led to a meeting and friendship with Foster, who became attached to direct "Cockeyed" in 2009, but bowed out this summer after realizing she'd lensed three other family-based dramedies in a row. Producers Susan Cartsonis ("What Women Want") and Jody Hotchkiss (who reps both Knighton and Hoffman) are hunting for a new helmer.

    Foster enjoys the give-and-take of their work.

    "He loves the back and forth of good, old-fashioned wit, especially when discussing something as serious as a heart attack," Foster says. "Since working together, we've added funny emails and too many beers to our relationship."

    Knighton's memoir inspired Scott Smith to helm a feature documentary about him, "As Slow as Possible" (which made the film fest rounds in 2008), and has led to speaking engagements that supplement his teaching gig. "Cockeyed" also led to a Tribeca Sloan Filmmaker Fund award, a Sundance Screenwriter's Lab fellowship and his 2010 follow-up memoir "C'mon Papa: Dispatches From a Dad in the Dark" .

    His Sundance and Tribeca-developed script proved an attractive calling card for two bigscreen adaptation assignments this year: Troy Cook's comic crime novel "47 Rules of Highly Effective Bank Robbers" for Mandalay's Cathy Schulman and FilmColony's Richard Gladstein; and Glenn Rockowitz's humor-filled cancer memoir "Rodeo in Joliet" for Second and 10th's Carey and Epoch Films' Mindy Goldberg.
    Both projects gave Knighton a chance to showcase his irreverent sense of humor. Recalls Gladstein with a laugh: "I got a new office. He walked in and goes, 'Nice new digs.' It totally threw me."
    On a recent trip to New York to discuss a potential TV project, Knighton seemed easygoing and comfortable in his tattooed skin. Not only has he adjusted to late-in-life blindness ("It's my brand," he wisecracks), his condition seems to have helped put the vagaries of Hollywood into perspective.
    "If any of the films don't get made, it's OK," he notes."I don't see them anyway."
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    He seems so cool. It's a shame JF isn't going to direct his film, but it's good they're still friends. Smile

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