Lena Dunham to Adapt Period Teenage Tale 'Catherine, Called Birdy'
One of the most divisive talents working today is Lena Dunham. Most either love her or you hate her, mostly based on her HBO series "Girls," without a lot of middle ground for negotiation. However, from my perspective, Dunham seems to be an undeniably great writer, easily delivering a genuine voice from her generation, whether you like it or not. But the writer, director and actress has something much different in her future as THR reports that Duham has revealed that she is currently working on an adaptation of the 1994 Newbery Honor-winning children's novel Catherine, Called Bird, set in Medeival-era England.
That's right, the woman who seems tailor-made to be the voice of the millenials is heading back to 1290 for a coming-of-age story by Karen Cushman about a girl named Catherine, who is writing in her diary about life as a 14-year old girl centuries ago. The School Library Journal says:
"She looks with a clear and critical eye upon the world around her, telling of the people she knows and of the daily events in her small manor house. Much of Birdy's energy is consumed by avoiding the various suitors her father chooses for her to marry. She sends them all packing with assorted ruses until she is almost wed to an older, unattractive man she refers to as Shaggy Beard. "
Now that we see what the story is about, it's not hard to imagine Dunham writing something like this. Duham will also produce the film through her A Casual Romance production banner that she formed with Jenni Konner, the executive producer of "Girls," though she joked at The New Yorker Festival that it might be hard for her to land funding for a PG-13 coming-of-age tale set all the way back in 1290. But more than likely she has enough clout that she can round up some kind of independent funding to get the film off the ground. At the very least, it would be interesting to see how she fares with this kind of story. Thoughts?