Whiplash and Fantastic Four star Miles Teller is set to star in a new film from director Jonathan Levine called Home is Burning. Levin is the same director who brought us films such as Warm Bodies and 50/50. The movie will be an adaptation of a memoir written by Dan Marshall. It deals with some pretty heavy subject matter regarding a recent college graduate who returns home to take care of his mom, who has cancer, as well as his dad, who has ALS.
The book is set to be published in October through Flatiron Books, and it sounds like solid project for Levin and Teller to be a part of. Here's the official synopsis:
Dan’s mom has always had cancer. First diagnosed when he was only ten years old, she was the model of resilience throughout his childhood, fighting her disease with tenacity and a mouth foul enough to make a sailor blush. But just as she faces a relapse, her husband, a successful businessman and devoted father, is diagnosed with ALS. He is told that, in a few months’ time, he will be unable to walk, eat or breathe on his own. Dan, a recent college craduate living the good life in Los Angeles, has no choice but to return home to help.
Reinstated in his parents’ basement (in one of the only non Mormon homes in a Salt Lake City subdivision), Dan is reunited with his siblings. His older sister Tiffant is resentful, having stayed closer to home to bear the brunt of their mother’s illness. Younger brother Greg comes to lend a hand, giving up a journalism career and evenings cruising Chicago gay bars. Younger Sister Michelle is a sullen teenager experimenting with drinking and flirting with her 35 year old soccer coach. And baby sister Chelsea, the oddest duck in a family of misfits, can only think about dance. Together they form Team Terminal, going to battle their parents’ illnesses and cracking plenty of jokes along the way.
As Dan steps into his role as caregiver, wheelchair wrangler, and sibling referee, he watches pieces of his previous life slip away, and comes to realize that you don’t get to choose when it’s time to grow up.
Home is Burning is set up at New Line Cinema.