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Screenwriter Justin Zackham on THE BIG WEDDING

The Big Wedding

Adapting a film from a book is one thing, but what do you do when you’re asked to adapt a foreign film into a Hollywood production? Screenwriter Justin Zackham, best known for writing the heartfelt dramedy The Bucket List, decided taking on this kind of adaptation for his first foray into the world of writing and directing.

The French film, Mon Frere Se Marie, which translates into “my brother gets married,” came out in 2006. The film is about a couple whose adoptive son is getting married. The family has invited the birth mother to the wedding, only to find out she is from a much more conservative Vietnamese background than they expected. When it becomes clear that the son can’t tell her his mother that his adoptive parents have since divorced, the farce begins.

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