An Andover teacher’s epic memoir is about to become the next Channing Tatum vehicle. Richard Farrell, whose novel What’s Left of Us, looks deep inside his troubled years of heroin addiction and a stint at rehab before becoming a teacher at Andover High School and adjunct professor of English at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell. The book, which was released in July of 2009, gained almost instant critical acclaim, and attracted the eye of those in Hollywood. Tatum is being tapped to star, and was most recently seen in Dear John with Amanda Seyfried.
Farrell has already gained Hollywood clout by consulting on the screenplay for The Fighter, which was filmed in Lowell last year with Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg. That film is set to hit theaters this November. He also wrote, filmed, edited, and directed the documentary High on Crack Street: Lost Lives in Lowell, which aired on HBO in 1995, and received the duPond award from Columbia University. He also co-authored the book, A Criminal and an Irishman; The Inside Story of the Mob-IRA Connection. He currently lives in Milford, New Hampshire.