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Steven Spielberg to Tackle It's What I Do Starring Jennifer Lawrence

03.02.2015
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Hollywood bidding wars are strange things; groups of directors/actors all wanting the chance to put their spin on the hottest new property. So many interesting possibilities but like Connor MacLeod always says, there can be only one.

After a furious bidding war Warner Bros. has snagged the rights to "It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life Of Love and War", a memoir by Lynsey Addario.  Steven Spielberg is attached to direct with Jennifer Lawrence set to star in the film about a war photographer who searches for truth in the most dangerous places.

Several other production companies and top directors were also bidding on the story. Working Title bid with the intention of having Reese Witherspoon star, The Weinstein Company was bidding for George Clooney and Grant Heslov, Darren Aronofsky went to bat for Natalie Portman, and Margot Robbie threw her hat into the ring as well. All of that was for naught however because the one-two combo of Steven Spielberg and Jennifer Lawrence is a pretty hard deal to turn down.

Here's the book synopsis from Amazon:

War photographer Lynsey Addario’s memoir It’s What I Do is the story of how the relentless pursuit of truth, in virtually every major theater of war in the twenty-first century, has shaped her life. What she does, with clarity, beauty, and candor, is to document, often in their most extreme moments, the complex lives of others. It’s her work, but it’s much more than that: it’s her singular calling.

Lynsey Addario was just finding her way as a young photographer when September 11 changed the world. One of the few photojournalists with experience in Afghanistan, she gets the call to return and cover the American invasion. She makes a decision she would often find herself making—not to stay home, not to lead a quiet or predictable life, but to set out across the world, face the chaos of crisis, and make a name for herself.

Addario's story sounds fascinating, you can definitely see why so many big names wanted in on the project. Spielberg's next film is the upcoming ST. JAMES PLACE, a cold war thriller starring Tom Hanks coming out October 16th, 2015.

Source: Deadline

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1:05AM on 03/03/2015
i notice there is no mention of Robopocalypse here, darn, i can only hope
i notice there is no mention of Robopocalypse here, darn, i can only hope
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10:09PM on 03/02/2015
Saw the author of this book on The Daily Show a while back, seems like it could be a great story when translated to film. Still, Jennifer Lawrence will have to have black hair for the role, and I always thought the dark hair she had in Hunger Games made her look weird.
Saw the author of this book on The Daily Show a while back, seems like it could be a great story when translated to film. Still, Jennifer Lawrence will have to have black hair for the role, and I always thought the dark hair she had in Hunger Games made her look weird.
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10:18AM on 03/03/2015
Oh, well then I guess they should cancel the whole thing unless she can be blonde...
Oh, well then I guess they should cancel the whole thing unless she can be blonde...
8:00PM on 03/02/2015
First, I didn't know the Tom Hanks film was given a name, so that's cool. Second, I like all of Spielberg's recent films, but I feel we're due for a fun summer blockbuster again. I know he has the BFG movie in the works, but I'm envisioning more of a kid's movie with that.
First, I didn't know the Tom Hanks film was given a name, so that's cool. Second, I like all of Spielberg's recent films, but I feel we're due for a fun summer blockbuster again. I know he has the BFG movie in the works, but I'm envisioning more of a kid's movie with that.
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9:24PM on 03/02/2015
Roald Dahl's work wasn't ever just for kids. It may not be Spielberg behind the camera for Jurassic World, but I think it could surprise.
Roald Dahl's work wasn't ever just for kids. It may not be Spielberg behind the camera for Jurassic World, but I think it could surprise.
7:46PM on 03/02/2015
Can you say Oscar?
Can you say Oscar?
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7:58PM on 03/02/2015
Orshsacar... huh, well...apparently I cannot.
Orshsacar... huh, well...apparently I cannot.
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