EXCLUSIVE: In competition, Garrett Basch’s new company Dive has won the television rights to: After parties, Anthony Veasna’s short story collection So That became an instant bestseller when it was published by HarperCollins last year. The intention is to make it into a half-hour series, ‘a naturalistic comedy with heart’, based on So’s characters and anecdotes about the lives of Cambodian-Americans. Lauren Yee will be executive producer. The author, the son of former Cambodian-American refugees, died before the book was published.
Rachel Foley of Dive has won the project and will oversee on behalf of the company. Dive will serve as executive producer with Yee. Described by the publisher as a seamless transition between the absurd and the tender, balancing sharp humor with sharp emotional depth, the book is a comprehensive portrait of a new generation of Cambodian-Americans carrying and struggling the inherited weight of the Khmer Rouge genocide. with the complexities of race, sexuality, friendship and family.
Describing himself as “a failed computer scientist, a grotesque parody of the model minority,” the author graduated from Stanford University, where his writing and art won numerous awards and grants. The Stockton, CA native has taught at Colgate University, Syracuse University, and the Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants in Oakland, California. He died of a drug overdose at the age of 28.
Yee is an evolving playwright, screenwriter and TV writer Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (author of Little Fires Everywhere) as a limited series for Annapurna, A-Major and Apple. Yee recently wrote for the new Apple/Media Res television release of pachinko and also currently serves as a Consulting Producer for the Color Force/FX limited series, The Sterling Affairs.
Dive is currently in a first-look deal with FX Networks that has just completed its fourth season What we do in the shade and is gearing up for the second season of Sterlin Harjo’s series, Reservation Dogs. Dive’s new series, Our flag means death, will premiere on HBO Max later this year and the company is also currently in production at Steven Zaillian’s Ripley for Showtime.
Yee is represented by ICM, Map Point and she is an attorney for Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole.