SHORT TERM 12 Director Destin Cretton Circling THE GLASS CASTLE with Jennifer Lawrence

     October 9, 2013


It’s been well over a year since we reported that Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) was in negotiations to star in The Glass Castle; now we have word that director Destin Cretton (Short Term 12) is in negotiations to helm the picture.  Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) drafted the first treatment of Jeannette Walls’ 2005 bestselling memoir, but Cretton will also draft a rewrite along with Andrew Lanham.  The story centers on a young girl in a dysfunctional family composed of an eccentric artist mother and an alcoholic father, both of whom use hope and imagination to distract her from their poverty.  Hit the jump for more.

Variety reports that Cretton is in talks to rewrite and direct The Glass Castle.  Cretton made a big splash at SXSW with Short Term 12, so he’s certainly a director worth watching.  Meanwhile, Lionsgate is keen on pushing all things Lawrence, as it just picked up distribution on Burial Rites, with Lawrence attached to star for director Gary Ross (The Hunger Games).

glass-castle-book-coverHere’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, she lives in New York and Long Island and is married to the writer John Taylor. [Amazon]

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