Blanchett Keen On “Cancer Vixen” Film

Cate Blanchett tells MTV News that she’s keen on turning Marisa Acocella Marchetto’s darkly humored and tragic graphic novel “Cancer Vixen: A True Story” into a feature film.

“Yes, it’s a comic novel, which I’m hoping will come up. it’s a really unique book. it’s about a cartoonist’s look at her contracting cancer, and the process of getting cancer” says Blanchett who’s production company has acquired the film rights to the property.

The right director will be key though to handle the mix of dark humor and pathos – “it’s a tragic-comic look at it, so it needs a really particular, special filmmaker. I hope that happens.”

Marchetto is a successful cartoonist for magazines like The New Yorker and Glamour who battled breast cancer in 2004 and 2005 without health insurance.

Blanchett is currently in the midst of a demanding stage schedule playing several roles including that of King Richard II in the Sydney Theatre Company’s eight-hour epic production “The War of the Roses” which condenses eight of Shakespeare’s history plays.