Just a few weeks ago it was announced that Sharon Draper’s New York Times bestselling novel Out of My Mind would be adapted by Disney for its ever-growing streaming service Disney+. This, after the studio purchased the rights to the book nearly 5 years ago.
Despite the eager announcement, the studio declined to provide a timeline for when the film would enter production, or for when it would be subsequently released on the platform. Fortunately, we at The DisInsider have come across some information that should help answer those questions.
Thanks to sources close to the site, we can exclusively confirm that the film is actually set to begin production this summer. More specifically, the film will shoot from July 11th to August 26th in Toronto. With such a small production window (so soon), it wouldn’t be unreasonable to believe that the film could debut on Disney+ early next year. However, that is pure speculation.
The official log line for the book, and presumably the film, is as follows:
Eleven-year-old Melody is not like most people. She can’t walk. She can’t talk. All because she has cerebral palsy. But she also a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She’s the smartest kid in the whole school, but no one knows it. Most people – including her teachers, her doctors, and her classmates – dismiss her as mentally challenged because she can’t tell them otherwise. Melody refuses to be defined by her disability. And she’s determined to let them know somehow…
Newcomer Phoebe-Rae Taylor will star as Melody, after being discovered through a worldwide casting search. With production ramping up in the coming weeks, we anticipate more casting announcements shortly.
Amber Sealey (No Man of God) will direct the film from a script by Daniel Siepleman (On the Basis of Sex).
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