Oct 13, 2014 10:54AM

Lena Dunham Is Adapting A Medieval YA Novel

Middle ages angst.
Speaking at the New Yorker Festival over the weekend, prolific actor/director/writer Lena Dunham says she's taking a break from TV to make a movie based on the young adult novel, Catherine, Called Birdy. And yeah, it's a medieval drama. Thou shouldst deal with it. As Lena doth said, "This is actually my first time talking about it publicly. I'm very excited about it. I'm not sure when it'll happen, but I'm in the process of [working on it]."
Lena describes the storyline of the book (one of her favourites) as follows: "It's [about] a girl in 1290 who gets her period and her father basically says, 'Well, it's time for you to get married,' and she's like 'Uh, no,'" adding, "But it's hyper realistic and really pretty and it's full of incest and beatings but it's a child’s story. I've been obsessed with it since I was a kid."
She continues, "It's a really interesting examination of sort of like coming of age and what's expected of teenage girls. I'm going to adapt it and hopefully direct it, I just need to find someone who wants to fund a PG 13 medieval movie … So the idea of engaging with some of these topics that are important to me, which are — surprise — women and feminism, but finding a way to kind of look at them through a historical lens is sort of like where feel myself going." Do your damn thing, Lena.
Photos: @lenadunham