Jean-Marc Vallée to Direct “Gorilla and the Bird” at HBO

Deadline reports that HBO has green-lighted a new limited series titled Gorilla And The Bird.

The premium cabler has tapped Jean-Marc Vallée to direct, who is the director/executive producer behind HBO’s Big Little Lies and Sharp Objects. The series hails from Vallée’s crazyrose, Channing Tatum’s Free Association and Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf’s Big Beach.

Gorilla And The Bird is based on the memoir of the same name by Zack McDermott. It is described as an inspirational tale of a mother’s unconditional love for her bipolar son, following Zack (the Gorilla) as he fights to regain his sanity after a devastating psychotic break, turning to the only person who didn’t give up on him – his mother (The Bird). Once a highly successful public defender for The Legal Aid Society of New York, Zach’s sudden illness takes him on a harrowing journey of delusions and antisocial behavior, leading to his eventual arrest and commitment to Bellevue Hospital.

Gorilla And The Bird is penned by Bryan Sipe who worked with Vallée on the 2015 feature Demolition starring Jake Gyllenhaal.