A feature film adaptation of Ocean Vuong‘s novel “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” is now in development over at A24.
The news was announced during the most recent episode of the A24 podcast, where authors Bryan Washington (who wrote this year’s “Memorial,” soon to be an A24 film) and Ocean Vuong, whose debut novel “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” became a New York Times bestseller. Though the news of a “Memorial” adaptation was already known, the episode’s introduction begins with an announcement that “now seems like as good a time as any to announce that [A24] also busy working on the film adaptation of ‘On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous,'” the announcement said. “Both novels are essential winter reading, and this conversation between Bryan and Ocean is a perfect primer.”
“On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” is written as a letter from Little Dog, a young Vietnamese American man, to his illiterate mother, Hong. According to the book’s description, “The letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born — a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam — and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity. Asking questions central to our American moment, immersed as we are in addiction, violence, and trauma, but undergirded by compassion and tenderness, ‘On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous’ is as much about the power of telling one’s own story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard.”
There’s no word yet on who will write or direct the film adaptation.