Kristen Stewart’s bold leap from A-list actress to director, navigating funding challenges for her groundbreaking project The Chronology of Water.
After two decades in the spotlight, Kristen Stewart is ready to rewrite her Hollywood narrative. The actress, known for her diverse roles, announced in 2018 her directorial debut, an adaptation of Lidia Yuknavitch’s memoir, The Chronology of Water. Despite funding challenges, Stewart is determined to make her mark behind the camera.
A Bold Stand
Stewart boldly declared her commitment to the project in a recent Variety cover story, stating, “I’m going to make this movie before I ever work for someone else. Yeah, I will quit the f*cking business. I won’t make a-f*cking-nother movie until I make this one. I will tell you that, for sure. I think that will get things going.”
Navigating the Hollywood Landscape
Stewart acknowledged the industry’s skepticism toward unproven projects and emphasized the challenges she faces in the current Hollywood climate. Despite two films premiering at the Sundance Film Festival – the intense lesbian thriller Love Lies Bleeding, and the thought-provoking sci-fi romance Love Me – and an upcoming role in the road trip comedy Sacramento, Stewart plans to take a hiatus to focus on her directorial venture.
A Fresh Perspective
Expressing her vision for the film, Stewart believes there’s an untapped female language waiting to be explored. She aims to translate the stream-of-consciousness prose from Yuknavitch’s memoir into a screenplay. Stewart explained, “It’s not about the plot. It’s about someone self-Heimliching and contextualizing why that person has swallowed their own voice their whole life.”
The Hollywood Hurdle
Stewart, facing skepticism from investors due to her lack of directorial experience, remains undeterred. She counters the doubt, asserting, “They’re like, ‘I don’t know if she’s right.’ I’m like, ‘Well, I am! I’ve done this forever.'” Stewart draws confidence from her extensive two-thirds-of-her-life involvement in the film industry.
An Exciting Journey Ahead
Before heading to the Sundance Film Festival, Stewart expressed eagerness to connect with fellow filmmakers grappling with similar challenges. Excited about the potential of her upcoming project, she shared, “I feel like I could walk through a wall right now because I just scouted this movie, and I saw places, and people, and faces, and locations that opened themselves up to me.”
Conclusion: Embracing the Uncharted
Kristen Stewart’s journey reflects a Hollywood maverick determined to break free from the norms. As she takes charge of her directorial debut, the actress-turned-director remains unapologetically committed to forging her own path, eager to make waves and reshape the cinematic landscape. Watch out, Hollywood – Kristen Stewart is ready to redefine the rules.
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