Kristen Stewart has spent the last decade taking interesting roles in fascinating films; now she’s doing the same behind the camera. Stewart has signed on to make her directorial debut with The Chronology Of Water, which is being developed by Ridley Scott‘s production company Scott Free. Imogen Poots is already on board to star.
Stewart will also co-write the screenplay alongside Andy Mingo, based on the memoir by Lidia Yuknavitch. The film is being described as a lyrical journey through a life saved by art. It revolves around a young woman who finds her voice through the written word and her salvation as a swimmer – ultimately becoming a triumphant teacher, mother, and a singular modern writer.
“Lidia’s memoir honors corporeal experience, radically,” said Stewart in a statement. “To make that experience physical feels vital to me and what this impulse means – is that it absolutely must be a film.
This project has been cooking for five years with the help of Scott Free, whom I could not be more privileged to have as partners and friends. Imogen Poots will carry this movie and the staggering weight of Lidia’s life. She can hold it. I am beyond lucky to have her.”
Michael Pruss, one of the producers on the film, added:
“Ridley and I are delighted to be working with Kristen again, this time on her feature directorial debut, adapted from Lidia Yuknavitch‘s extraordinary memoir, [and] the opportunity to work with Imogen — who is tailor-made for the lead role — is incredibly exciting. The combination of their talents will no doubt produce something exquisite for film audiences worldwide.”
Stewart previously collaborated with Scott Free on her short film Come Swim, which she wrote and directed and was eventually screened at Cannes and Sundance. Obviously this is a big step up, but having transformed herself from maligned Twilight start into one of her generations great actors, there’s no doubt Stewart has the talent and drive to be just as successful behind the camera.