‘Spoiler alert.’ Memoir from N.J.’s Michael Ausiello closer to becoming Jim Parsons film

The book, titled 'Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies,' chronicles Ausiello's last days with his husband, who died of cancer.

Focus Features just picked up a movie project based on a book from Michael Ausiello, Deadline reports.

Ausiello, 46, who grew up in Roselle Park, is founder of TVLine, a website that covers television (which is a sister site to Deadline).

In Ausiello’s 2017 memoir: “Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Other Four-Letter Words,” he documents his relationship with his husband, Kit Cowan, and their last days together before Cowan died. The photographer had been diagnosed with an aggressive neuroendocrine cancer.

“Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons optioned the book last year and is set to star in the film, which will be directed by Princeton native Michael Showalter (“The Big Sick,” “Wet Hot American Summer”).

Dan Savage, writer of the column “Savage Love” from Seattle’s The Stranger alternative biweekly, who served as an executive producer on ABC’s “The Real O’Neals,” and David Marshall Grant (ABC’s “A Million Little Things”) will write the screenplay. Parsons will also serve as a producer. 

 

This won’t be Ausiello’s only project for the screen. The Union County-reared writer who formerly lived in Bloomfield is also developing a TV series based on his New Jersey upbringing.

The half-hour ’80s dramedy is inspired by Ausiello’s “TV-obsessed, closeted-gay childhood,” Deadline reported in July, saying the writer, a huge fan of “The Smurfs,” would be penning the script for Warner Bros. Television and serving as an executive producer. 


 Amy Kuperinsky may be reached at akuperinsky@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @AmyKup or on Facebook.

 

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