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Destin Cretton To Helm The Glass Castle? - Optionated

Destin Cretton To Helm The Glass Castle?

By on October 13, 2013

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Lionsgate has been planning to adapt Jeanette Walls’ bestselling memoir “The Glass Castle” for about a year. The project seems to be finally moving forward as Variety is reporting that Destin Cretton is in talks to helm the big screen adaptation that will star Jennifer Lawrence.

The 2005 novel follows a young Jeanette Walls who grows up in less than ideal conditions.

With parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn’t stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an “excitement addict.” Cooking a meal that would be consumed in fifteen minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that might last forever.

Later, when the money ran out, or the romance of the wandering life faded, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town—and the family—Rex Walls had done everything he could to escape. He drank. He stole the grocery money and disappeared for days. As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents’ betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home.

What is so astonishing about Jeannette Walls is not just that she had the guts and tenacity and intelligence to get out, but that she describes her parents with such deep affection and generosity. Hers is a story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.

Marti Noxon initially adapted the film’s screenplay with Andrew Lanham performing rewrites. The plan is for Cretton, too, to rewrite before production.

About Sarah Sommer

Sarah is a journalist and an artist who lives in the city. She loves movies and television. She reads early and often. Sarah also helps out over at BSCkids.com and our other sites!

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