Lionsgate Acquires Film Rights to The Glass Castle; Jennifer Lawrence Rumored for Lead

Jennifer Lawrence/Photo © iStock/Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Jennifer Lawrence/Photo © iStock/Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

It’s no easy task taking a 300-page book and turning it into a two-hour film. The talented crew at Lionsgate, however, believes they’re up to the challenge once again. Deadline is reporting that the entertainment company recently purchased the rights to The Glass Castle, a memoir by Jeannette Walls. Better yet, “The Hunger Games” star, Jennifer Lawrence, is rumored for the lead role.

What we know now is that Gil Netter (“The Blind Side,” “Water for Elephants”) is slated to produce and Marti Noxon (“Fright Night,” “I Am Number Four”) will write the script. No director has been linked to the project to date.

The 2005 memoir spent more than 250 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, a place it’s sure to return as we get closer to a premiere. The book follows Jeannette and her siblings as they learn to fend for themselves amid the goings-on of their dysfunctional family and nomadic upbringing.

Lionsgate is banking on the success of “The Hunger Games” trilogy and the rapidly growing popularity of its lead actress as it plans to tackle this next literary project. With the recent success of other biopics like “The Blind Side” and “Eat Pray Love,” “The Glass Castle” is sure to make some noise and generate some serious buzz come Oscar time. The only significant question surrounding this project is how a book this popular has been able to stay away from the screen for as long as it has.