Film Based on Oliver Sacks’ ‘Last Hippie’ Begins Production

Shooting begins in New York

Last Updated: March 3, 2010 @ 9:06 AM

Production has begun on the film adaptation of “The Last Hippie,” a case study written by Oliver Sacks, physician and best-selling author of "Awakenings."

The “Untitled Oliver Sacks Project” stars J.K. Simmons (“Up in the Air” and “Juno”), Julia Ormond (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), Cara Seymour (“An Education”) and Lou Taylor Pucci (“Brotherhood”).

Jim Kohlberg is making his feature film directorial debut. The screenplay was written by Gwyn Lurie and Gary Marks.

The story centers around an engineer (J.K. Simmons) who discovers his long-lost 35-year old son (Lou Taylor Pucci), a former hippie, is suffering from a brain tumor that prevents him from creating new memories. His memory effectively frozen until his parents and doctor (Julia Ormond) discover they can communicate with him through music, including Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead.

It is currently shooting in New York and Westchester County.