'Chocolat' Writer Tapped to Adapt 'How Starbucks Saved My Life'

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Robert Nelson Jacobs

The Weinstein Co. movie will be produced by Polymorphic Pictures’ Polly Johnsen and Christy Ezzell.

Robert Nelson Jacobs, who was nominated for an Oscar for adapting the 2000 movie Chocolat, has been tapped by The Weinstein Co. to write the script for How Starbucks Saved My Life.

Based on The New York Times best-selling memoir by Michael Gates Gill, the book tells of an older advertising executive who loses his job and family and has to go work at Starbucks to pay the bills. He befriends a young manager at the coffee shop and learns about life and love.

Polymorphic Pictures’ Polly Johnsen and Christy Ezzell are producing, with Dylan Sellers and Julie Oh overseeing for TWC.

The movie has been in development since 2006, but Jacobs is the first writer hired to begin working on the script.

The Weinsteins produced Chocolat, which featured Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp and earned five Academy Award nominations, including best picture and best actress. Jacobs also wrote the adaptations for The Shipping News and The Water Horse.

Jacobs is repped by Gersh, the Gotham Group and attorney Carlos Goodman.