“It’s a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Republican Party, and none of us know what we’re doing in New York. But Wednesday brings with it news that has potential to assuage our ennui: Sylvia Plath’s melancholic masterpiece The Bell Jar is getting another feature-film adaptation, directed by no less a maestro of teen angst than Kirsten Dunst.
Deadline reports that the film, which will mark Dunst’s big-screen directorial debut (though she does have a few shorts under her belt), is expected to begin production in early 2017. Dunst also co-wrote the script with Nellie Kim—not the retired Soviet gymnast, though their shared name did once inspire an amusing misunderstanding with Nadia Comaneci.
Dakota Fanning is attached to star as Esther Greenwood, the depressive Plath avatar who finds herself increasingly suffocated and mentally unstable while navigating a summer job at a magazine; the casting seems appropriate, since Fanning is already playing another troubled literary Jewish college student in this fall’s American Pastoral…”