Warner Bros. is developing a film about the Twin Cities teen who died shortly after releasing the YouTube hit “Clouds.”
The Hollywood studio bought the film rights to the story of Zach Sobiech, the Lakeland, Minnesota, teenager who became a viral star with his goodbye song “Clouds,” Variety reports.
According to the Star Tribune, the movie will be based on Fly a Little Higher, the 2014 memoir written by Sobiech's mother, Laura, which details her son Zach’s battle with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer that primarily occurs in children and young adults. Zach contracted the disease in 2009 at age 14. He died in 2013.
Jane the Virgin star Justin Baldoni is set direct and produce the film, which will be titled Clouds.
“Now we’re in development,” Jacquie Flynn, the literary agent for Fly a Littler Higher, tells the Strib. “Of course, who knows how long we’ll be in development. [Warner representatives] say they are excited to get this going, but who knows.”
If you missed “Clouds” when it came out in 2012, with its chorus “It won’t be long now/ If only I had a little bit more time," it's posted below. To date, it has more than 12 million YouTube views; it’s probably the saddest local song of all time.
It’s not all depressing, though: The Sobiechs' story helped Laura raise more than $830,000 toward cancer research for the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund. Bryan Cranston, Sarah Silverman, Jason Mraz, Ashley Tisdale, and others helped spread awareness with a lip-sync video of "Clouds."
Plus, Laura Sobiech tells the Strib she wants Matt Damon to star as her husband, Rob, saying “he’d be a good option.”