EXCLUSIVE: ‘Synecdoche’ Producer Picks Up ‘Too Cool To Be Forgotten’ Adaptation Rights

Back in April, I wrote an “Adapt This” column recommending that a studio adapt Alex Robinson’s time-travel story “Too Cool To Be Forgotten” for the big screen. Well, it looks like I’m not the only one who feels that way, as “Synecdoche, New York” producer Anthony Bregman has picked up the option to adapt “Too Cool.”

According to Top Shelf Productions publisher Chris Staros, whose company released “Too Cool” in July 2008, negotiations for the the option were finalized two months ago.

“We’re just thrilled to have this set up,” Staros told MTV News during this weekend’s annual MoCCA Festival. “It’s a great book that we’re really proud of … and now we’ll see if anything comes of the movie.”

On hand to sign copies of “Too Cool” (as well as copies of his other award-winning books), Robinson said the ink is still drying on the deal, so there’s not much to say about the potential production elements of a “Too Cool” adaptation.

“Too Cool To Be Forgotten” tells the story of a 40-year-old man who undergoes hypnosis therapy to quit smoking, only to wake up in the body of his 15-year-old self. He’s forced to live through his awkward high school years with all the knowledge of his later life, but uncertain whether he can — or should — change anything that could affect the life he hopes to return to 25 years down the road.

Along with “Synecdoche,” Bregman also served as producer on the award-winning 2004 film “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and executive producer on 2007’s “The Savages,” among other films.

Top Shelf is also the publisher of “The Surrogates,” which was adapted by Disney’s Touchstone Pictures into a live-action film starring Bruce Willis, and scheduled for release on September 25.

Keep it locked to Splash Page for more news on “Too Cool To Be Forgotten” as it develops.

Excited about seeing a “Too Cool” adaptation and its pairing with Bregman as producer? Who would you like to see cast in the film?