Michelle Zauner's 'Crying in H Mart' Set for Feature Film Adaptation

“Crying in H Mart,” the debut memoir of Japanese Breakfast lead singer Michelle Zauner, is slated to become a feature film.

What it's about: Published in April, “Crying in H Mart” chronicles Zauner’s life growing up as a Korean American in Oregon. Zauner also shares memories of her mother, Chongmi, who died from pancreatic cancer in 2014.

  • The memoir is based on Zauner's viral New Yorker essay, which was published in 2018. During a recent interview with the AV Club, Zauner revealed that she submitted this essay to food publications and literary contests without a submission or entry fee, only to be rejected over and over again.

  • After the success of her essay, Zauner landed a book deal with Knopf. Her memoir became a New York Times bestseller.

  • Aside from sharing memories of Zauner's late mother, "Crying in H Mart" sheds light on the indie artist's life and career in the East Coast, as well as her first encounter with her husband and Japanese Breakfast guitarist Peter Bradley.


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About the film: MGM's Orion Pictures secured the rights to “Crying in H Mart,” with Stacey Sher and Korean-born filmmaker Jason Kim on board to produce.

  • Kim produced HBO’s “Barry” and Netflix’s “Love,” while Sher produced movies such as “Django Unchained” and “Contagion," the Los Angeles Times reported.

  • “It is a surreal thrill to have the opportunity to memorialize my mother in film, and I consider it of the highest honor to pursue that task alongside creative luminaries such as Stacey Sher, Jason Kim and Orion Pictures,” Zauner said, according to the Hollywood Reporter.


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No director or screenwriter has been revealed as of this writing.

Japanese Breakfast, which will provide the film’s soundtrack, released their third studio album “Jubilee” last Friday.

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