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Cate Blanchett Looking to Adapt Cancer Vixen

This is some of the coolest movie news I've seen in a while: Cate Blanchett is apparently hoping to adapt Marisa Acocella Marchetto’s frank and funny memoir Cancer Vixen for the big screen. Here's more:

"It's about a cartoonist's look at her contracting cancer," Blanchett observed of the book, which she acquired the rights to through her Working Title Films production company shortly after its release. "And the process of getting cancer."

For obvious reasons, Cancer Vixen isn't the type of film that Hollywood views as a potential blockbuster. So the Curious Case of Benjamin Button star is currently developing it slowly and carefully — and says the biggest difficulty at the moment is finding a director who could properly handle the tonal mix of drama and humor. "It's a tragic-comic look at it," she explained. "So it needs a really particular, special filmmaker. I hope that happens."

Blanchett also noted that she would gladly take the lead role, which seems pretty darn perfect to me. Then again, there isn't much this lady can't do — a fact she has in common with the Cancer Vixen herself.

Have you read this book, too? What do you think of this news?

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kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
I'm all for this. I haven't read CV myself, but my mom enjoyed it a lot while she was going through her treatments. I wonder, though, if it would take on another level of meaning with a cancer survivor in the lead role, like maybe Christina Applegate? Although I could see her not wanting to make her whole career about having cancer though... eh, just a thought.
misshouston misshouston 8 years
I haven't read the book, but I'm all for any project that presents cancer survival in a positive light.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i've heard about this story - but i don't think that i know too much else about it. i love cate though so this could be something that's really interesting to see her work on. i'll have to read up more. i LOVE learning about new movie news.
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