By Sara Whitman


Donald Sutherland and The Maze Runner’s Blake Cooper will star in indie film Measure of a Man.

The production of the pic, an adaptation of Robert Lipsyte’s YA novel One Fat Summer, just got underway in Rhode Island this week. Jim Loach will direct the script penned by David Scearce.

The novel, which won prizes including Library of Congress Best Book for Children, is set in the 70’s and revolves around an overweight, self-doubting teenager by the name of Bobby Marks (Cooper). It is a nostalgic coming-of-age story who experiences a turning-point summer in which he learns to stand up for himself. Sutherland plays Dr. Kahn, a Wall Street executive who gives the teen a summer job on his estate and teaches him the importance of hard work, determination, and self –appreciation. Kahn unexpectedly finds a friend in Bobby, who serves as a confidant to help him deal with losses in his past.

Christian Taylor will produce through Taylor Lane Productions. Jim Reeves and Robert Halmi of Great Point Media will executive produce and will fully finance in association with Weedon Media.

CAA and ICM represent domestic sales.

Sutherland is represented by CAA and attorney Jerry Longarzo of Klevan/Longarzo. He can next be seen in Lionsgate’s Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2. Cooper, who is represented by Paradigm and Anonymous Content, can currently be seen in Late Bloomer.

Measure of a Man will debut in 2016.