Kirsten Dunst Is About to Turn "The Bell Jar" Into a Movie (Starring Dakota Fanning, No Less)
This is one book-to-movie adaptation we can definitely get behind: Kirsten Dunst is taking up the directorial reins for her first feature film, which just so happens to be an adaptation of Sylvia Plath's iconic novel "The Bell Jar." And the movie already has a star: Dakota Fanning, who's also helping to produce the film, will be playing protagonist Esther Greenwood.
A quick modern-lit refresh: "The Bell Jar," which was written in 1963, is one of fiction's first feminist works (which makes this adaptation all the more exciting). Set in the 50s, it chronicles Greenwood's time interning in NYC at a big magazine, which turns out to be a disappointing experience. She's left questioning just how few choices there are out there for women — mostly either jobs that aren't terribly exciting or motherhood — and begins to struggle with depression. It sparked important conversations for a rising generation about both women's roles in the professional world and mental illness.
Dunst, who has two short films to her credit, has already co-written the script with Nellie Kim, and production is expected to kick off in the first quarter of next year. The team of producers, including the executive producer, are all female but for one.
The movie's been remade once before, in 1979, but it wasn't a huge critical success. But with women co-writing, starring in, producing, and directing this adaptation of the iconic feminist book? Yes, please, and thank you, Hollywood.
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