Kimberly Peirce to Direct 'Man's Search for Meaning'

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Viktor Frankl's memoir centers on lessons for spiritual survival while living in Nazi death camps.

Boys Don't Cry director Kimberly Pierce will helm Man's Search for Meaning, an adaptation of Viktor Frankl’s international best-selling memoir.

In the years 1942 to 1945, Frankl labored in four different Nazi concentration camps, while his parents, brother and pregnant wife perished. He developed a theory, known as logotherapy, that argued that an individual cannot avoid suffering but can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it and move forward with renewed purpose.

Published in 1946, Man’s Search for Meaning has sold more than 12 million copies in 24 languages. The Library of Congress found it to be among “the 10 most influential books in America."

"When I first read Viktor Frankl's Man’s Search for Meaning decades ago, I was touched by Frankl’s remarkable ability to make meaning and thus find a will to live from the immense and brutal losses he and those around him endured,” said Peirce. “I was further moved by his ability to transform these experiences into a profound philosophy for living and appreciating life. Over the years I have reread this great work and it has inspired me in unique and powerful ways."

The Straight Up Films project will be produced by Marisa Polvino and Kate Cohen along with Kevin Hall. Straight Up Films will be financing and is eyeing a 2017 shoot. The search is out for a screenwriter.

“Kimberly’s insight and connection to the heart of the material coupled with her proven ability to find the emotional power and significance of her characters wildly impressed us. Man's Search requires a unique voice and visionary mind, and Kimberly is exactly that,” Polvino and Cohen said in a statement.

Peirce is repped by Verve, Writ-Large and Jackoway Tyerman.