Jennifer Lawrence is teaming up with director Steven Spielberg for an adaptation of Lynsey Addario's memoir It's What I Do for Warner Bros. and producer Andrew Lazar. Warner Bros. beat out several other bidders for the project, including Working Title, who wanted to attach Reese Witherspoon to star, director Darren Aronofsky and Natalie Portman, actress/producer Margot Robbie and The Weinstein Company, who wanted the project for filmmakers George Clooney and Grant Heslov.
Lynsey Addario herself met with all of the prospective suitors personally, and told them her story of her exploits in Afghanistan. She is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who went to Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks, and made a name for herself by showcasing victims of the conflict, including Afghans who suffered under the Taliban regime, victims of genocide in Darfur and raped women in the Congo. Her work even lead to her being kidnapped by pro-Quaddafi forces during the Libyan civil war. Her memoir was published last month.
No screenwriter has been attached yet to write the adaptation, and it isn't known if this will be Steven Spielberg's next film or not. The director is currently in post-production on Untitled Cold War Thriller, and he will start production later this year on The BFG. Jennifer Lawrence will start shooting X-Men: Apocalypse this spring in Montreal, and she is also attached to The Dive, Passengers and East of Eden.