Lena Dunham Adapting YA Novel ‘Catherine, Called Birdy’ Into Movie

Lena Dunham Catherine Called Birdy
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“Girls” creator and star Lena Dunham is leaving modern-day Brooklyn for 1290s England.

Dunham revealed her plans to adapt Karen Cushman’s 1994 YA novel “Catherine, Called Birdy” for the bigscreen at the New Yorker Festival on Friday night. The coming of age story follows a 12-year-old trying to scare off potential suitors.

“I’m going to adapt it and hopefully direct it,” Dunham told the crowd and New Yorker staff writer Ariel Levy. “I just need to find someone who wants to fund a PG-13 Medieval movie.”

Dunham will develop the film with production partner and “Girls” exec producer Jenni Konner. This is one of several upcoming historical works from their A Casual Romance production company — or as Dunham descibed it, “projects that sort of aren’t set in the here and now.”

“This is actually my first time talking about it publicly,” Dunham said about the film. “I’m very excited about it. I’m not sure when
it’ll happen, but I’m in the process of [working on it].”

Dunham also said that she’s been interested in the book from a young age.

“[She] gets her period and her father basically says, ‘Well, it’s time for you to get married,’ and she’s like, ‘Uh, no,'” Dunham told the audience about the book’s titular protagonist. “But it’s hyper realistic and really pretty and it’s full of incest and beatings, but it’s a child’s story. I’ve been obsessed with it since I was a kid.”

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  1. Pipe Adams says:

    Dunham makes me wretch

  2. Dianna Kegley says:

    I’m also obsessed with Catherine called Birdie – it would be a great YA movie! I especially liked her diary headings ( the obsolete saints and her particular thoughts about them. From a retired elem school librarian, Dianna

  3. filmsharks says:

    She’s so annoying. Her indie film ‘Tiny Furniture’ was so bad I stopped watching it and sent it back to Netflix. I’m baffled why she is still considered relevant.

  4. Kim says:

    This is one of my favorite books from when I was a kid. Please don’t let this awful person touch this amazing book.

  5. Guest says:

    so it’s not actually happening, it’s just something she wants to do – nice variety. great reporting

  6. Stephen says:

    It’s so cool to see someone like Lena Dunham overcome having rich parents and still achieve success.

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