The premium network has ordered the limited series "Gorilla and the Bird," Deadline reports. It is based on Zack McDermott's 2017 memoir of the same name. The "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" star is executive producing through Free Association, while Vallée is doing so through crazyrose. Meanwhile, Big Beach and HBO are co-producing.
The book centers on McDermott's struggle to deal with bipoloar disorder in his 20s and his mother's determination to help him through a psychotic break. The author is involved as a co-executive producer. Meanwhile, Bryan Sipe has adapted the script for series and is also set to executive produce.
Vallée is directing from Sipe's script, which pairs them again after they previously worked together on the 2015 film "Demolition" starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts. The upcoming limited series also reunites Vallée with HBO; he is a director and executive producer of the network's acclaimed series "Sharp Objects" and "Big Little Lies." In fact, knowing he was involved is what ultimately got HBO to green light the project, according to Deadline.
Other executive producers include Nathan Ross for crazyrose, Free Association's Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan, and Big Beach's Robin Schwartz, Marc Turtletaub, and Peter Saraf.