‘Short Term 12’ Director Could Tackle ‘The Glass Castle’ With Jennifer Lawrence

By October 11, 2013


Oscar winning “It girl” Jennifer Lawrence has a lot on her plate these days – finishing up The Hunger Games trilogy, a whole mess of historical dramas, working with David O. Russell as much as possible, a new adaptation of the just-released book “Burial Rites” – but she’s long been attached to a big screen take of author and journalist Jeannette Walls’ memoir, “The Glass Castle.” Despite her busy schedule, Lawrence has never abandoned the long-gestating project, even though it’s been without a director the entire time she’s been set to do it.

Now, however, it seems that Lawrence’s pet project could be getting a big push towards the cinema, with a potential director who is a wonderfully smart fit for the work. Variety reports that Short Term 12 director Destin Cretton is “in early negotiations” to helm the film, which would quite nicely continue the work he did in the Brie Larson-starring 12, maintaining his focus on stories about tough and persevering young women. (Consider this your final warning to check out Short Term 12 if you haven’t yet.)

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Based on Walls’ bestseller, The Glass Castle will trace the author’s childhood as a nomad at the mercy of her magical and mercurial parents. For years, Jeanette and her three siblings were shuttled around desert towns by their brilliant father and art-obsessed mother, two highly creative individuals who were perhaps ill-suited for the demands of a domestic life. The book covers large portions of Walls’ childhood and her eventual escape to New York City.

Should Cretton sign on, he would rewrite the film’s script with Andrew Lanham. The film already has a first draft from Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I Am Number Four, Fright Night), but we’re excited at the possibility of Cretton teaming with Lawrence and sure this will give the actress another chance to showcase an authentic and captivating performance. Thoughts?

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss, Film.com, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.