Jennifer Lawrence in Talks to Star in Adaptation of THE GLASS CASTLE; Marti Noxon to Write the Script

     April 23, 2012

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Jennifer Lawrence has firmly hit the A-list with The Hunger Games, and her 2012 has just begun.  She’s set to appear in theaters later this year in the thriller The House at the End of the Street and David O. Russell‘s adaptation of The Silver Linings Playbook.  She’s also current shooting on the period thriller Serena, and this fall she’ll be shooting the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire before moving on to the sequel to X-Men: First Class.  Now she’s in talks to line-up another film.

According to Deadline, Lawrence may star in the adaptation of gossip columnist Jeanette Walls‘ best-selling book The Glass Castle: A Memoir.  Hit the jump for more.

glass-castle-book-coverThe Glass Castle was published in 2005, and set the record for longest time on the New York Times bestseller list for a memoir (261 weeks).  The book focuses on her difficult childhood growing up with her “dysfunctional but vibrant” family.

The rights to The Glass Castle were originally picked up in 2005 by Paramount Pictures and Brad Pitt‘s Plan B productions, but now Deadline reports that Lionsgate now has the rights to bring Walls’ memoir to the big screen.  Screenwriter Marti Noxon (Fright Night) will pen the script.

Here’s the synopsis for Jeanette Walls’ The Glass Castle: A Memoir:

Jeannette Walls grew up 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.

For two decades, Jeannette Walls hid her roots. Now she tells her own story. A regular contributor to MSNBC.com, she lives in New York and Long Island and is married to the writer John Taylor. [Amazon]

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