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John Crowley in Talks to Direct Film Adaptation of The Goldfinch

The Tony-nominated director will return to Broadway this winter to direct Cate Blanchett in The Present.

Tony nominee John Crowley is in talks to direct the film adaptation of Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch.
(© Tristan Fuge)

According to reports by Variety, Tony-nominated director John Crowley has been tapped to helm a film adaptation of Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Goldfinch.

Warner Brothers acquired the rights to the novel in 2014, recruiting Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) to adapt the script and now has extended an offer to Crowley to direct. The coming-of-age story follows Theodore Decker who, at the age of 13, survives a terrorist bombing at an art museum that kills his mother. Escaping the scene, he takes with him the world-famous painting of The Goldfinch.

Crowley is fresh off his 2015 success with the Fox Searchlight drama Brooklyn, which earned several Academy Award nominations including Best Picture. On Broadway, Crowley earned a Tony nomination for his direction of The Pillowman in 2005. His other Broadway credits include A Steady Rain, A Behanding in Spokane, and the upcoming 2017 production of The Present, starring Cate Blanchett in her Broadway debut.