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Carell To Star In Movie Based On S.Fla. Teacher

MIAMI (CBSMiami) -- Warner Brothers acquired the rights to a memoir written by a terminally ill South Florida teacher and  Steve Carell will be in the mix.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Carell is on board to produce and star in the flick.

The memoir titled, "The Priority List: A Teacher's Final Quest to Discover Life's Greatest Lessons" was written by former Coral Reef High School David Menasche.

Menasche has terminal brain cancer. Back in 2006, he was given two months to live. Now, More than seven years later, he's still alive.

While he had to give up teaching back in 2012,after a stroke, Menasche decided to stop treatment, hit the road  and visit past students along the way in what he called his "Vision Quest."

His memoir is named for one of Menasche's most popular lessons where he used to ask his students to rank 26 abstract words in order of importance to them.

The words included "privacy," "security," "love," "power," and "wealth." Menasche said he would have students do the list twice, once at the beginning and once at the end of the year.

He said the lists usually change, and his was no different.

"Prior to getting diagnosed with cancer, my own list would have had honor at number one, but since then, since becoming disabled, my number one would be strength," Menasche said.

Menasche's vision quest lasted 101 days. He visited 31 cities, saw 75 former students and took more than 1800 photos.

"I firmly believed before I set out that I would die on the road," he writes in the book. "But I didn't. I lived on the road. It didn't kill me; it saved me."

In the interest of full disclosure, "The Priority List" is published by Simon and Schuster, a division of the CBS Corporation.


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