After a bidding war for the rights, Warner Bros finally snapped up It’s What I Do: A Photographers Life Of Love and War, a war memoir by Lynsey Addario. Steven Spielberg is attached to direct with The Hunger Games’ Jennifer Lawrence set to star as the war photographer who infiltrated the most dangerous location on a mission to discover the truth.
There’s been plenty of competition for the rights with the likes of Working Title with the bid of having Reese Witherspoon in the role, The Weinstein Company bid with George Clooney and Grant Heslov in mind, Darren Aronofsky went in for Natalie Portman and Margot Robbie threw in her own name for the running also. It seems though that the combination for Spielberg and Lawrence was just too tempting to pass up. Take a look at the 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”
The story sounds great, something I can definitely see Spielberg tackle with absolute ease and the role sounds like a clear winner for Lawrence. You know they’ve got to knock this one out of the park considering so many others were bidding for the rights!