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Jennifer Lawrence May Add Lionsgate's Adaptation of 'Glass Castle' Memoir to her Impressive Resume

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood April 23, 2012 at 4:05PM

Jennifer Lawrence's enviable career -- which includes the upcoming "The House at The End of the Street," "The Silver Linings Playbook," "Serena" and sequels to "The Hunger Games" and "X-Men: First Class" -- may get even better.
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Jennifer Lawrence at the 2011 Oscars
Jennifer Lawrence at the 2011 Oscars

Jennifer Lawrence's enviable career -- which includes the upcoming "The House at The End of the Street," "The Silver Linings Playbook," "Serena"  and sequels to "The Hunger Games" and "X-Men: First Class" -- may get even better.

"The Hunger Games"'s team of Lawrence and Lionsgate may be gearing up to produce an adaptation of Jeannette Walls' bestselling memoir "The Glass Castle"; Lionsgate has the rights and is in talks with the star. The powerful material tracks the author's experience from impoverished childhood to successful adulthood as one of the children of two very eccentric and dysfunctional parents; it would continue the thematic grit of Lawrence's "Winter's Bone" roots. It may not be Lionsgate's standard fare, but neither was the uber-successful "Hunger Games." As with the franchise, Lawrence could be the necessary magic ingredient for "Glass Castle"'s success.

Marti Noxon ("Fright Night," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") will adapt the script. The Publishers Weekly description in below:

Freelance writer Walls doesn't pull her punches. She opens her memoir by describing looking out the window of her taxi, wondering if she's "overdressed for the evening" and spotting her mother on the sidewalk, "rooting through a Dumpster." Walls's parents—just two of the unforgettable characters in this excellent, unusual book—were a matched pair of eccentrics, and raising four children didn't conventionalize either of them. Her father was a self-taught man, a would-be inventor who could stay longer at a poker table than at most jobs and had "a little bit of a drinking situation," as her mother put it. With a fantastic storytelling knack, Walls describes her artist mom's great gift for rationalizing. Apartment walls so thin they heard all their neighbors? What a bonus—they'd "pick up a little Spanish without even studying." Why feed their pets? They'd be helping them "by not allowing them to become dependent." While Walls's father's version of Christmas presents—walking each child into the Arizona desert at night and letting each one claim a star—was delightful, he wasn't so dear when he stole the kids' hard-earned savings to go on a bender. The Walls children learned to support themselves, eating out of trashcans at school or painting their skin so the holes in their pants didn't show. Buck-toothed Jeannette even tried making her own braces when she heard what orthodontia cost. One by one, each child escaped to New York City. Still, it wasn't long before their parents appeared on their doorsteps. "Why not?" Mom said. "Being homeless is an adventure."

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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.