Kirsten Dunst No Longer Directing “The Bell Jar” Movie Adaptation

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Kirsten Dunst is no longer at the helm of the big-screen adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s novel, The Bell Jar. 

Entertainment Weekly reported that the 37-year-old actress is no longer attached to direct the feature. Dunst confirmed the news herself in a recent interview with EW. 

“I never owned [the rights], so it went away for me. It went to other hands,” Dunst said. “That’s not in my hands anymore.” 

She continued: “This is the first year I’ve been a mom. Directing a film and having a baby… that’s two years of your life, directing, editing, and promoting all of it. Maybe when I’m older I’ll want to again. Right now, I have zero interest in committing myself to that.”

A source close to the project later added that Dakota Fanning is still involved in a version of The Bell Jar currently in development as a Showtime limited series.

Dunst most recently worked on On Becoming a God in Central Florida, in which she stars opposite George Clooney and Grant Heslov as well as serving as producer. 

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