John Sayles Adapting GIRLS LIKE US; Katie Jacobs to Direct

     January 21, 2011


Two-time Oscar-nominee John Sayles (Lone Star) and House executive producer/director Katie Jacobs are teaming up to bring Sheila Weller’s 2008 novel Girls Like Us to the big screen.  The pair, with Sayles slated to pen and Jacobs set to helm/produce, will adapt the female singer-songwriter novel for Sony.  According to Risky Business, the film (like Weller’s book) will follow the personal journeys of female artists Carly Simon, Carole King, and Joni Mitchell from “their childhood to their burgeoning professional careers.”

While the music world may be uncharted territory for Jacobs, Sayles has experience both writing (see his 2007 film Honeydripper) and directing (the music video for Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.”) within the bars and beats.  To learn more about Girls Like Us, hit the jump for a synopsis of Weller’s book.

girls-like-us-book-coverHere’s a synopsis for Sheila Weller’s Girls Like Us [from Amazon]:

The epic story of three generational icons, this triple biography from author and Glamour senior editor Weller (Dancing at Ciro’s) examines the careers of singer-songwriters Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon, whose success reflected, enervated and shaped the feminist movement that grew up with them. After short sketches of their early years, Weller begins in earnest with the 1960s, switching off among the women as their public lives begin.

A time of extremes, the 60s found folk music and feminist cultures just beginning to define themselves, while the buttoned-down mainstream was still treating unwed pregnant women, in Mitchell’s terms, like you murdered somebody (thus the big, traditional wedding thrown for King, pregnant by songwriting partner Gerry Goffin, in 1959). Pioneering success in the music business led inevitably to similar roles in women’s movement, but Weller doesn’t overlook the content of their songs and the effect they have on a generation of women facing a lot more choice, but with no one to guide them.

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