This is a proof-of-concept short for an adaptation of the award-winning novel THE BOY WHO COULDN’T SLEEP AND NEVER HAD TO. Director Dan Eckman (“Community,” “Mystery Team,” DERRICK comedy) and his frequent collaborators Meggie McFadden and DC Pierson are adapting from Pierson’s original novel.

What if you discovered you can do things no other human can do?

What if you had the power to turn anything you can imagine into reality?

But what if it wasn’t you? What if it was your best friend?

Darren, a high school outcast who’s spent his whole life wishing the world was more like it is in comic books, gets launched into an adventure way cooler than anything he could dream up when he discovers his best friend has a superpower. But now that he’s seemingly gotten his wish, Darren realizes that what he really wanted was to be the hero, not just a sidekick.

Composed of equal parts action, humor, and heart, THE BOY WHO COULDN’T SLEEP AND NEVER HAD TO is a highly serialized sci-fi adventure with classic coming-of-age struggles like friendship, sex, jealousy, and betrayal playing out on a superhuman scale.

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