John Sayles to Adapt GIRLS LIKE US
According to The Hollywood Reporter, John Sales, the Oscar-nominated writer of Passion Fish and Lone Star, has been hired by Sony to adapt GIRLS LIKE US.
Katie Jacobs, a producer and director on the Fox series House, will be directing the feature as well as producing the project along with Lorenzo DiBonaventura, Amy Pascal and Elizabeth Cantillon.
Girls Like Us is based upon the 2008 bestseller written by Sheila Weller and traces the personal histories of singer-songwriters Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell and Carole King and the way from their childhoods through their burgeoning professional careers.
Sayles’ 2007 film Honeydripper also took place in the music world and he is no stranger to working with musicians, having directed some iconic videos for Bruce Springsteen in the 1980s–“Born in the U. S. A.” among them. The director also lived through the period and was a big fan of the book
Sayles is also a National Book Award nominee himself for an early novel, Union Dues. He most recently wrote and directed Amigo, Honeydripper and Silver City and also co-wrote the screenplay adaptation of The Spiderwick Chronicles.
Coincidentally, King will be performing at the Sundance Film Festival at the party for Troubadours, a U. S. documentary competition film that will have its premiere at Sundance. The film takes a look at the L. A. singer-songwriter scene of the ’70s and will covcer some of the same ground as Girls Like Us.