Some writers would have ankled the film biz following a disastrous foray into the industry, but not Lucinda Coxon.
The playwright’s first movie, “Lily and the Secret Planting,” collapsed halfway through production in 2001 when star Winona Ryder was invalided out of the film. “I think it remains the biggest insurance case in British film history,” Coxon says. “It was an extraordinary baptism of fire in terms of filmmaking.” The brutal experience taught Coxon not to count her chickens before they hatch.
Her writing process consists of two extremes: either procrastinating or working furiously to ensure that the first draft is also the final. “I’m like a dog that has to do a lot of circling around and reads before it lies down so I do a great deal of not working until I work,” she says. “But once it starts, it’s a pretty full-on process.”
Coxon most recently collaborated with Guillermo del Toro on “Crimson Peak” and adapted David Ebershoff’s novel “The Danish Girl,” with Nicole Kidman set to star and produce. — Maane Khatchatourian
Reps: Bob Bookman, Paradigm; Julia Kreitman, The Agency
Inspirations: Her daughter, Bretia