POW! & Kogonada Say Hello to ‘Saying Goodbye to Yang’ Film Adaptation

Director Kogonada and producer Theresa Park are teaming up to bring an on-screen adaptation of Alexander Weinstein’s short story “Saying Goodbye to Yang” to life.

“Saying Goodbye to Yang” is set in a future where animatronic children are sold as babysitters. One such robot is Yang, who is tasked with helping his little sister learn more about her Chinese heritage. When Yang begins to malfunction, his family mourns his loss like that of a son. The story comes from Weinstein’s collection “Children of the New World,” which landed on the New York Times Book Review’s 100 Notable Books of the Year.  

Park’s POW! Productions acquired rights to the film adaptation yesterday, according to Deadline. Some of Park’s best-known projects as a producer include the film adaptations of Nicholas Sparks’ “The Best of Me,” “The Choice” and “The Longest Ride.”

Kogonada’s 2017 indie romance “Columbus” starred John Cho and Haley Lu Richardson as an unlikely couple who bond over a shared love of modernist architecture. The film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for several Independent Spirit Awards.