Nearly a decade has passed since the release of Brokeback Mountain, the heartbreaking 2005 drama about two gay cattle hands (Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal) struggling with their love for one another during a time when it seemed impossible to maintain such a relationship. As many of the film’s fans know, the powerful story was based on a short story by Annie Proulx with a screenplay was co-written by Diana Ossana and acclaimed novelist Larry McMurtry. Now a decade after the latter two shared a best adapted screenplay Oscar for their work on the tragic romance, they’re reteaming for another gay-themed film based on the true story of Joe and Jadin Bell.
A24 film which is developing the movie, released the following synopsis:
The project is based upon the true story of Oregonian father-and-son Joe and Jadin Bell. Jadin, a fifteen-year-old openly gay sophomore, took his own life after being both bullied at high school and struggling for acceptance from the people closest to him. In the wake of Jadin’s suicide, Joe is plunged into a sea of remorse and regret. Attempting to work through his grief, Joe sets out on a walk across America, hoping to promote awareness about the consequences of prejudice to anyone he encounters along the way.
The film will be directed by Cary Fukunaga, best-known for HBO’s compelling True Detective drama and a gorgeous adaptation of Jane Eyre in 2011.