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I Want My MTV becoming a movie with James Ponsoldt

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Distributor A24 is reteaming with filmmaker James Ponsoldt for the third time to release his film adaptation of the nonfiction book I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution. The pair previously partnered to release the director’s 2015 David Foster Wallace biopic, The End of the Tour, in addition to the 2013 romance The Spectacular Now.

Ponsoldt is set to direct and write the upcoming film version of I Want My MTV, sharing producer credit with Eva Maria Daniels of VisionChaos Productions, who also produced Julianne Moore’s What Maisie Knew and Richard Gere’s Time Out of Mind. “As a child of the 1980s, MTV had a massive impact on me, and I’m so excited to again be working with my friends at A24 in exploring the storied early years of the groundbreaking channel,” Ponsoldt said in a statement Tuesday.

The 2011 book by Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum features interviews and anecdotes from artists and industry insiders regarding MTV’s rise and subsequent cultural impact. The collection chronicles the network’s history from its inception in 1981 through the launch of the influential reality show The Real World in 1992. According to a press release, Ponsoldt’s narrative film adaptation will be “a fun, immersive look at the network’s rise, and will weave the book’s testimonials into a thrilling and celebratory account of this one-of-a-kind cultural moment.”

In February, A24 won three Oscars across three different films: Ex Machina (Best Visual Effects), Room (Best Actress), and Amy (Best Documentary). The indie distributor’s 2016 slate is the largest in its three-year history, already including critical hits Krisha, The Witch, and Green Room ahead of upcoming titles like American Honey, Moonlight, and How to Talk to Girls at Parties.

A release date for the film adaptation of I Want My MTV has not yet been announced.

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