Once in a while, a short film pops up that absolutely burns up the web. It goes viral, and inside a week, every blog on the web has posted it. This week’s viral short is “The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To.” It’s a story about a small thing that keeps growing until it becomes a force to be reckoned with, and if director Dan Eckman has his way, his short film will follow suit, because this isn’t just a short film. It’s a proof-of-concept short for a feature-length film adaptation of the award-winning novel The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To by DC Pierson, and given the quality of this brief piece, I’m personally hoping to one see this story grow beyond the web.
As far as story goes, you probably already know this one. “The Boy who Couldn’t Sleep and Never had To” is a coming-of-age science fiction film about a teenage outcast who discover he has super powers. Its character development isn’t altogether unlike Chronicle or Kick-Ass but with a lighter, more comedic flavor all its own.
In it, a high school kid develops a peculiar form of insomnia that grants him the power to bring his comic book illustrations into reality. When he reveals his gift to his best friend and fellow comic book fan boy, the pair quickly find themselves embroiled in their own private comic-book movie right in the middle of their normal high-school lives. Tony Revolori of The Grand Budapest Hotel and Jack Quaid from The Hunger Games convincingly portray the lead characters while bringing the necessary star power to lend the hope that, one day, Eckman will bring his own comic book creations into reality a very satisfying plausibility.
“THE BOY WHO COULDN’T SLEEP AND NEVER HAD TO is a coming-of-age sci-fi adventure in the tradition of “Back To The Future,” with classic teen-movie themes like friendship, first love, and betrayal playing out on a superhuman scale.
Darren, a high school outcast whose only refuge is his homemade comic book, gets launched into an adventure way cooler than anything he could dream up when he discovers his best friend has no biological need for sleep and can bring their dreams into reality.
Composed of equal parts action, humor, and heart, this story of a comic book fan who finds himself in a real-life superhero movie will make audiences believe that anything is possible.”