Lately you've probably been thinking, "Yeah, 2016's been a great year for film, but what do we really have to look forward to in the years ahead? Where are all the Zelda Fitzgerald biopics we were promised?" Well, today's your lucky day.
According to The Hollywood Reporter:
Competing (Zelda Fitzgerald) films fronted by Jennifer Lawrence and Scarlett Johansson, respectively, are on the fast track to being first at the same time that Amazon has its own series, Z: The Beginning of Everything, with Christina Ricci playing the socialite who was once dubbed by her husband as "the first American Flapper."
Yes - not one, not two, but three separate Zelda Fitzgerald projects are in active development, each fronted by one of three wildly talented leading ladies: Jennifer "The Law" Lawrence, Scarlett "The Jaw-Dropper" Johansson, and Christina "Remember Cursed?" Ricci will battle it out for supremacy in the fiercely-competitive Zelda Fitzgerald biopic arena, but only one of them will be crowned champion.
Here's breakdowns for each project:
- Jennifer Lawrence's Zelda, which may be directed by Ron Howard and is based on the best-selling biography of the same name by Nancy Milford.
- Scarlett Johansson's The Beautiful And The Damned, which will cover Zelda's explosive marriage to F. Scott Fitzgerald (no director currently attached, but this one's working with the Fitzgerald estate).
- Christina Ricci's Z: The Beginning Of Everything, which was already covered in the pull-quote above.
As The Hollywood Reporter points out, Zelda Fitzgerald's life offers plenty of dramatic material to pull from (they open their post with the sentence "It has been nearly 70 years since Zelda Fitzgerald died in a fire at a hospital in North Carolina", which is, uh, quite the attention-getter). Fitzgerald was a published author, a Jazz Age icon, a schizophrenic, and was once (tumultuously) married to one of the most popular American writers of all time. However these projects turn out, they're going to offer meaty roles for the women starring in them.
Please stay tuned for all the Zelda Fitzgerald updates.
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