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Jane Campion Near Deal to Direct Adaptation of ‘The Flamethrowers’

Jane Campion is nearing a deal to direct an adaptation of Rachel Kushner’s New York Times bestseller “The Flamethrowers,” according to The Guardian.

The legendary filmmaker told the newspaper that Scott Rudin is on board to produce the film about the underground art scene.

Kushner’s novel explores art and radicalism in 1970s New York. The critical hit, which was dubbed a feminist novel by many, was a finalist for the National Book Award last year.

Most recently, Campion co-wrote and co-directed the 2013 Sundance Channel miniseries “Top of the Lake,” which earned star Elisabeth Moss a Golden Globe win.

As the first woman to win a Palme d’Or and the second woman to ever be nominated for a directing Oscar, Campion is a pioneer in the industry. She won an Oscar for writing the 1993 drama “The Piano.”

“Filmmaking is not about whether you’re a man or a woman; it’s about sensitivity and hard work and really loving what you do,” she told The Guardian. “But women are going to tell different stories. There would be many more stories in the world if women were making more films.”

Campion is currently serving as president of the Cannes Film Festival jury.

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