Two of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Jennifer Lawrence and Scarlett Johansson, have announced they are each developing independent films about Zelda Fitzgerald, one of the 20th century’s most intriguing individuals.
The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Lawrence is teaming up with director Ron Howard for her adaptation titled Zelda, and which features a screenplay from writer Emma Frost (The White Queen).
Johansson’s adaptation is set to be titled The Beautiful and the Damned, which is itself a play on her husband F Scott Fitzgerald’s great literary work The Beautiful and Damned, which drew upon his turbulent life with Zelda for inspiration.
Both productions are an interesting offering for cinemagoers considering Zelda Fitzgerald lived quite the eclectic life. While she was dubbed ‘the first flapper’ by her husband and was known for her artistic ability as a painter and writer, Zelda was confined to the shadow of her husband’s work and the celebrity that followed them. She would eventually be diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1930 and spent the rest of her life confined to various sanitariums and hospitals before dying in a tragic fire on March 10, 1948.
While it is not known which film will make it into production first, both productions will none the less receive our full attention when they both finally make it to the big screen.
Article: The Hollywood Reporter