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In the Works: 'Short Term 12' Director Destin Cretton in Talks to Direct Jennifer Lawrence in 'The Glass Castle'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 10, 2013 at 11:57AM

Destin Cretton, director of this past summer's glowingly reviewed "Short Term 12," is in talks for his next project. He is in early negotiations to direct Jennifer Lawrence in "The Glass Castle," adapted from Jeanette Walls' 2005 bestselling memoir.
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Jennifer Lawrence at the 2013 Comic-Con
Jennifer Lawrence at the 2013 Comic-Con

Destin Cretton, director of this past summer's glowingly reviewed "Short Term 12," is in talks for his next project. He is in early negotiations to direct Jennifer Lawrence in "The Glass Castle," adapted from Jeanette Walls' 2005 bestselling memoir.

Destin Cretton
Destin Cretton

Cretton would also take a pass at the script, which centers on a young girl being raised by her eccentric artist mother and alcoholic father. Despite their dysfunctionalities, the parents teach the girl to overcome her life's hardships through imagination.

The project is being set up at Lionsgate. Per Variety, Lionsgate is chomping at the bit to greenlight anything Lawrence-related. Which makes sense. 

Meanwhile, Lawrence recently joined Universal's new adaptation of "East of Eden," to be helmed by her "Hunger Games" director Gary Ross. The second installment of HG, "Catching Fire," hits theaters November 22, with Lawrence also on screen this winter in David O. Russell's "American Hustle" (December 13).

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.