Kirsten Dunst to make directorial debut with Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar starring Dakota Fanning.
Kirsten Dunst has been gaining significant popularity in the critical circle of Hollywood. She is at crossroads of being an actor and becoming a director. The 34 years old actress who gained popularity through her role as Mary Jane Watson in the Spider Man trilogy has been absent from the acting scene for some time.
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In the meanwhile, she has been gaining some behind the camera experiencing. She has directed some short films including “Welcome,” starring Winona Ryder and John Hawkes, which was screened at Sundance; and “Bastard,” starring Brian Geraghty and Lukas Haas which screened at Tribeca and Cannes. She also served as a judge on this year’s Cannes film festival.
According to Deadline, Dunst is finally stepping into direction for a film. Her first project is the feature film adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s novel, The Bell Jar. Already adapted once in 1979 directed by Larry Peerce and starred Marilyn Hassett.
The film will be getting Dunst vision later this year when the quarter based production of the movie will start. The story of the book revolves around the story Esther Greenwood.
Greenwood accepts an internship at a magazine in New York City, and then begins to suffer a mental breakdown when she returns home to Boston.
This was the only literary published work by Plath who later committed suicide herself in 1963. Dakota Fanning. Dunst has co-written the movie with Nellie Kim.
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Priority Pictures optioned remake rights from Studio Canal. Priority’s Lizzie Friedman, Karen Lauder and Greg Little will produce alongside Fanning and Echo Lake Entertainment’s Brittany Kahan. Celine Rattray is executive producing. The production is eyed to start in first-quarter 2017.