Steven Spielberg and Jennifer Lawrence Unite for True Life Photojournalist Odyssey

Monday, 02 March 2015 17:07 Written by  iamrogue
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Steven Spielberg and Jennifer Lawrence Unite for True Life Photojournalist Odyssey

After an all-out bidding war, Warner Bros. has emerged victorious with the movie rights to It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life Of Love And War, the acclaimed memoir by Lynsey Addario.

How did the studio manage to snag the hotly-contested title sought after by some of the biggest names in moviemaking?  With a can't-miss combination of tippy-top-tier talent: Steven Spielberg directing Jennifer Lawrence.

Lawrence will play Addario in the film version of her book, with Spielberg directing and Andrew Lazar producing.  The director and producer almost worked together on American Sniper, which Spielberg flirted with overseeing before Clint Eastwood ended up behind the camera.  Though Spielberg's version of the box office hit didn't get made, It's What I Do gives him the opportunity to visit (some of) the same stomping grounds.

Addario, a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist, is the sort of indomitable super-person who makes you feel really bad about what you've done with your life. 

She was documenting the lives of women in Afghanistan under Taliban control before September 11, 2001, and she went back to cover the American invasion.  She covered the Iraq War during some of the most days of the insurgency in Baghdad. She's taken stunning, deeply human shots in Darfur, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, India, Syria, and Libya, where she was actually kidnapped by Qaddafi's forces in 2011.

Her life will make one hell of a movie.  That's why her book attracted a whole lot of bids from heavy hitters.  Working Title put in a bid for It's What I Do as a Reese Witherpsoon vehicle, while Darren Aronofsky was eager to direct with Natalie Portman starring.  Margot Robbie was vying for it, too, and The Weinstein Company bid to make a George Clooney-Grant Heslov joint.

In the end, the pairing of Spielberg and Lawrence proved persuasive for Addario, according to Deadline.  Now the Oscar-winners will unite for some juicy material that's guaranteed to lead to an awards season bonanza.

That's way, way down the line, however.  The movie, which I'm guessing won't be titled It's What I Do, doesn't even have a writer yet.

Plus, both the director and star are pretty busy for a while.  Lawrence starts shooting X-Men: Apocalypse soon, and she's set to reunite with Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire through Mockingjay - Part 2) on the James Cameron-produced true story The Dive.  She's also in talks to star in the scifi romance Passengers alongside Chris Pratt.

Spielberg, meanwhile, is in post-production on his untitled Cold War thriller starring Tom Hanks and written by Joel and Ethan CoenHe's shooting the Roald Dahl adaptation The B.F.G. this summer, and he might also adapt David Finkel's devastating chronicle of soldiers returning stateside Thank You For Your Service.  And, of course, he could maybe perhaps possibly make an Indiana Jones starring Pratt for Disney someday. Maybe.

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