After seven years in development hell at Paramount, Jeannette Walls's memoir The Glass Castle is finally coming to the screen thanks to Hunger Games/Twilight studio Lionsgate. Deadline reports that Lionsgate has just acquired the rights, which is being eyed as another possible Jennifer Lawrence vehicle. The Hunger Games star is currently in talks to play the young Walls in the biopic.
The Glass Castle was a huge hit when it was published in 2005, and remained on the New York Times Bestseller list for a staggering 261 weeks. The book is a touching account of Walls's difficult childhood living like a gypsy in the desert with two brilliant but irresponsible bohemian parents, and her rise to prominence as an MSNBC.com gossip columnist. The book is a fascinating read, but her family's story sounds so outlandish that at times it's hard to believe that it's actually true. The opening line reads:
I was sitting in a taxi, wondering if I had overdressed for the evening, when I looked out the window and saw Mom rooting through a Dumpster.
Walls moved to New York City at the age of 17 to pursue dreams of becoming a journalist, and considering that Lawrence is turning 22 this summer, the film will likely focus on that period of her life with flashbacks of her early childhood. Screenwriter Marti Noxon — who made a name for herself with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and has written episodes for Glee, Mad Men, Private Practice, as well as the recent I Am Number Four and Fright Night movies — has been hired to adapt the script.
Brad Pitt sniffed out the book's potential back in 2005 and was developing a film through his Plan B production company, so it was only a matter of time before someone succeeded in getting the film made. Looks like it won't be Brad, but we sure are glad this is finally happening!