Michelle MacLaren Directing THE NIGHTINGALE August 15, 2016 ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Breaking Bad’ helmer Michelle MacLaren has closed a deal to direct a feature adaptation of Kristin Hannah’s bestselling novel ‘The Nightingale,’ Variety has learned. Published in 2015, the historical-fiction tells the story of Vianne and Isabelle. two sisters coming of age in France on the eve of World War II, and their struggle to survive and resist the German occupation of France. The screenplay comes from Ann Peacock (‘The Chronicles of Narnia’), with final draft edits coming from MacLaren and acclaimed writer and director John Sayles. Elizabeth Cantillon (‘Galaxy Quest,’ ‘Concussion’) is on board to produce.