Actor Brad Pitt is set to co-produce an adaptation of "He Wanted the Moon", a memoir by Mimi Baird and Eve Claxton. Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Tony Kushner has been hired to adapt the title as a feature film.
Mimi is the daughter of Perry Baird, a doctor who was ravaged by mental depression and suffered through treatments in the 1930s and 1940s, a less-enlightened time for mental treatment.
Mimi discovered a manuscript her father had written while committed and then began piecing together the heartbreaking circumstances that occurred decades earlier when father left her at the age of six and the rest of the family refused to talk about him. In the book, Mimi recounts how she sought to get her father the overdue credit he deserved from the scientific community while also trying to give voice to those suffering from mental illness.