Katie Holmes is officially heading to the director’s chair for the very first time!
According to Variety, Katie will direct and possibly star in the big-screen adaptation of the recently published debut novel from Annie Weatherwax, All We Had.
The article from Variety was actually re-tweeted and shared by the author herself on her official Twitter page.
— Variety (@Variety) September 11, 2014
Katie Holmes has actually been following this project for quite some time now — especially since she optioned All We Had back in July — almost a month before the book was published by Scribner on August 5. Why is Katie so passionate about adapting this book into a movie? Well, the story of All We Had focuses on the struggles of a mother and her teenage daughter living on the brink of poverty. They eventually end up in a very unlikely home and are welcomed by numerous quirky residents of a small town.
Even though it has only been available for a relatively short period of time now, the book has already touched the hearts of quite a few readers and hailed by several press and media outlets for its riveting take on the housing crisis:
— Scribner (@ScribnerBooks) September 5, 2014
Even though Katie Holmes will be in the director’s chair, she will definitely have some pretty solid people by her side along the way, including Tribeca Productions partner Jane Rosenthal. According to a statement given to The Hollywood Reporter, Rosenthal is excited to see what Katie Holmes will do with this project.
Katie has such a clear vision for the book’s irreverent, original mother-daughter relationship. Her passion for the material, along with Josh Boone’s ability to tell stories grounded in the comedy and drama of every day, will truly bring these characters to life.
The fact that Josh Boone, director of the popular big-screen book adaptation The Fault in Our Stars, has signed on to adapt the script for Katie should definitely strike an emotionally-stirring chord with many fans and followers around the world.
When asked about how Katie felt about taking on this project as a first-time director, she said, “I am very excited and honored to be collaborating with Jane and Josh on this project and look so forward to bringing Annie’s incredible characters to the screen.”
What do you think about Katie Holmes’ decision to direct her first movie?