You may know DC Pierson from his work with DERRICK Comedy, or maybe from the movie Mystery Team or perhaps most of all as the Apple Store guy in Captain America: The Winter Soldier ("Specimen!"). He's also an author, and his first novel was The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep And Never Had To, a book I love.
In The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep And Never Had To Darren, a 15 year old nerd living a terrible life in the boring suburbs of Arizona, becomes best friends with Eric, the boy who couldn't sleep. Eric never, ever sleeps, and somehow that condition allows him to bring to life the things the duo create for their scifi comic book - including dangerous government agents looking to take Eric away. It's a story in the best tradition of Amblin movies - bittersweet and honest about growing up in America. Pierson creates a totally real world and then inserts something incredible into it, allowing that incredible thing to serve as a moving and beautiful metaphor for imagination, creativity and growing up.
The video above is a proof of concept - it's not an exact adaptation of the book but rather a reel intended to show you how the novel might look on screen. It's showing off the way the fantastic is inserted into the mundane, and the playful, wry humor of the source material. DC is working with his frequent collaborators Dan Eckman and Meggie McFadden to turn The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep And Didn't Have To into a movie, and now they need funding. I know some of you are reading this from studio lots or fancy production offices - take a look at the video, order the book below, and get in touch with guys to make this amazing book into an awesome movie.