The Oscar-nominated co-writer of “The Shape of Water” has booked her next gig. She’ll follow-up the otherworldly fairy tale with a gritty drama set in the Rust Belt, an adaptation of “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.” Deadline broke the news.
J.D. Vance’s 2016 best-seller tackles the white underclass, race, and privilege in the United States. “Vance, raised poor among working-class ‘hillbillies,’ explores his childhood and family struggles as they navigate through drug addiction, and social, and economic challenges,” according to the source. “Supported by his larger-than-life grandmother, he developed a deep appreciation for education that laid the foundation for him to rise out of poverty and its cultural restraints.”
Taylor is up for an Oscar at this Sunday’s ceremony for penning Sally Hawkins-starrer “The Shape of Water.” “Divergent,” “Game of Thrones,” and “Hope Springs” are among her previous credits.