I couldn’t be more thrilled, or more humbled, to announce that my book is being turned into a film starring Jennifer Lawrence.
You can read about it in several places online, and I’m going to paste the official press release below.
This project has been over a year in the making so far, with Jennifer first coming on board last February. I have been consistently blown away by the incredible people who have joined the creative team alongside her — screenwriter Abi Morgan, director Susanne Bier, producer Bruce Cohen and the people at Film Nation Entertainment, all of them unbelievably talented and thoughtful individuals whom I have come to know and love, over the last year.
There is so much yet to come, but for now I will just say again that I am incredibly grateful and humbled by all of this. All I ever wanted when I wrote The Rules of Inheritance was the chance to help a person or two, to make someone out there feel a little less alone in their grief process. And now all of this…I couldn’t dream of a better group of people to help me take my message to a wider audience.
FILMNATION ENTERTAINMENT TO FINANCE
THE RULES OF INHERITANCE WITH
ACADEMY AWARD WINNER JENNIFER LAWRENCE ATTACHED TO
STAR AND PRODUCE ALONGSIDE ACADEMY AWARD WINNER BRUCE COHEN
Lauded Director Susanne Bier to Helm Abi Morgan’s Script
Based on Claire Bidwell Smith’s Memoir
Los Angeles. TBC – FilmNation Entertainment will finance and handle sales for The Rules of Inheritance which will star Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook, Winter’s Bone, The Hunger Games). Susanne Bier, an Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Film (In a Better World, After the Wedding and the upcoming Serena, starring Lawrence and Bradley Cooper), will direct the screenplay to be written by Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady, Shame). The film is based on Claire Bidwell Smith’s powerful and honest memoir about a young woman who loses her family but finds herself in the process. Academy Award winning producer Bruce Cohen (Silver Linings Playbook American Beauty, Milk) and Lawrence will produce. FilmNation Entertainment will executive produce.
FilmNation’s Glen Basner and Aaron Ryder said, “We are thrilled to be working with the dream team of Jennifer Lawrence, Susanne Bier, Abi Morgan and Bruce Cohen. We have no doubt that this inspirational and hopeful book will be turned into an emotionally powerful movie that audiences around the world will fall in love with.”
Producer Bruce Cohen commented, “Jennifer, Susanne, Abi and I are incredibly excited to be working on this extraordinary project together. We all believe this film can strike a deeply resonant chord with audiences, just as Claire’s riveting memoir has.”
Claire Bidwell Smith is an only child who, over a 7-year period as a young adult loses both her parents to cancer. While struggling to cope, she propels herself into many romances, adventures and travels in an inspirational, emotionally charged and surprisingly humorous journey that celebrates life, the people we love and lose and the discoveries we make along the way. Smith is represented by Wendy Sherman at Wendy Sherman Associates in association with Creative Artists Agency (CAA). The book is published by Penguin Books.
FilmNation’s EVP, Worldwide Production Allison Silver brought the project into FilmNation, which negotiated its deal with CAA. CAA will also package the project and represent the film’s domestic distribution rights.