Lena Dunham Adapting Young Adult Novel CATHERINE, CALLED BIRDY

Will write, produce and possibly direct the coming-of-age tale…

‘Girls’ creator and star Lena Dunham has revealed that she is in the process of adapting Karen Cushman’s 1994 children’s novel ‘Catherine, Called Birdy’ into a feature.

The award-winning novel is written in the form of a diary kept by 12-year-old Catherine, who is told by her father that she will have to get married when she gets her first period. However, the rebellious young girl uses wit, trickery, and luck, to send her would-be husbands packing.

“I’m going to adapt it and hopefully direct it,” Dunham told Deadline. “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.”

In addition to writing the script, the 28-year-old multi-hyphenate will produce the adaptation with her production partner and ‘Girls’ exec producer Jenni Konner, through their A Causal Romance banner.