Morning Moon Productions Opts for Rights to Mallory Weggemann’s Memoirs – Deadline
EXCLUSIVE: Morning Moon Productions has opted for the rights to Mallory Weggemann’s memoir Unlimited. Morning Moon plans to adapt the book into a narrative film showcasing Weggemann’s extraordinary journey to becoming a three-time Paralympic gold medalist in swimming and world champion in disability advocacy. The film will be produced by Ethan Lazar, Kyle Owens and Austen Rydell. Executive producers are Weggemann, Jeremy Snyder and Peter Friedland.
The memoir, penned by five-time Paralympic swimming medalist Weggemann, follows the athlete’s challenging journey of life after a routine epidural injection for back pain left her paralyzed from the waist down to the waist. 18 years old.
“Limitless reminds us that while we all navigate the circumstances, we are more than,” Weggemann says. “It’s about empowering others to honor their own journey and realizing that our ‘now’ doesn’t define what’s to come. I am proud that my story can be a beacon of hope for others while raising awareness of the importance of representation in our society.
Refusing to let circumstances define her, Weggemann – who grew up swimming competitively – returned to the water just months after her injury and found a place of sanctuary and healing, both physically and emotionally. In the swimming pool, she found her strength and realized that paralysis didn’t mean the end of her dreams and ambitions…it gave birth to new ones.
Less than two years later, Weggemann has broken eight world records. At the 2012 Paralympic Games, just four years after her paralysis, she held 15 world records and 34 American records. Weggemann was later the recipient of an ESPY Award and competed at the Paralympic Games in Rio and Tokyo, winning a total of five Paralympic medals.
The memoir, published by Thomas Nelson, has since won critical acclaim.
Morning Moon recently wrapped production in November on Wild flower, directed by Matt Smukler and funded by eOne and Limelight. Lazar, Owens and Rydell produced alongside Hunting Lane. The film stars Kiernan Shipka, Jean Smart, Alexandra Daddario, Jacki Weaver, Charlie Plummer, Dash Mihok, Reid Scott and Samantha Hyde.
Additionally, Weggemann’s documentary Watershed, produced by TFA Group in association with Morning Moon, is expected to complete post-production in the summer of 2022. Ethan Lazar, Kyle Owens and Austen Rydell serve as executive producers alongside Mallory Weggemann and Jeremy Snyder. Cinetic Media is Watershed’s exclusive sales agency.
Ethan Lazar and Jackie Eckhouse negotiated the rights deal on behalf of Morning Moon. Weggemann is represented by Kim Yau at Echo Lake Entertainment.