Jennifer Lawrence Directing Comedy About 1960s ‘Mental Warfare’
Jennifer Lawrence will move her talents behind the lens to direct Project Delirium, a comedy based on an article about “mental warfare in the Sixties, like an acid experiment gone terribly wrong.” The actress, who recently filmed the final installment of the mega-popular Hunger Games franchise, discussed the project in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “I have wanted to direct as long as I’ve wanted to act,” she said. “I just don’t talk about it because I’d rather just do it.
“It’s funny, I’ve wanted to direct since I was 16 and always thought I should start making steps towards that,” she continued. “If I had tried to do it earlier, I wouldn’t have been ready. Now I actually feel ready.”
Lawrence previously mentioned her directorial goals backstage at the 2014 Golden Globes. “My passion for directing happened at the same time it did for acting on my first movie,” the 25-year-old told a group of journalists, according to Moviefone. “So I would love to direct – but I don’t want to suck.”
She added that her intention was to “keep learning” from other directors – including David O. Russell, who collaborated with Lawrence on films like American Hustle and the upcoming Joy. “I’m learning from the best, fortunately,” she said.
In August, Lawrence revealed that she’s collaborating with comedian Amy Schumer on a screenplay for an as-yet-untitled film in which the duo will co-star as sisters.
“We’re almost done writing. It just flowed out of us. We’ve got about 100 pages right now,” Lawrence told The New York Times. “Amy and I were creatively made for each other. We have different flavors. It’s been the most fun experience of my life. We start the day off on the phone, laughing. And then we send each other pages. And we crack up. I’m flying out tomorrow to see her in Chicago. We’ll write a little bit with her sister, Kim, who worked with Amy when she was writing Trainwreck.”