Gerwig Wants A “Lady Bird”-Verse

Move over comic book movies and sci-fi sagas, the idea of cinematic universes is coming to the independent film world it would seem.

Last year we heard that filmmaker Luca Guadagnino had a desire to do as many as five “Call Me By Your Name” films following the two characters, and Jordan Peele planned to do more films following the “Get Out” formula again but with a different social issue.

Now, another of this year’s Best Picture nominees could be getting several thematic follow-ups – “Lady Bird”. The film’s director Greta Gerwig appeared on The A24 Podcast (via Vulture) where she revealed she’s not done telling stories set in Sacramento and wants to make a quartet of movies set in her beloved hometown:

“I’d like to make a total of four films that take place [in Sacramento]. I would like to do a quartet of Sacramento films. It’s inspired by the Elena Ferrante Neapolitan quartet – she wrote these four books that took place mainly in Naples. They’re so great. I thought, Oh I’d like to do that. Because [‘Lady Bird’] was one part of Sacramento. There’s a lot of different parts of Sacramento that I’d like to explore, too. I feel like I have the privilege of being from a place. I’m really from that place – my family didn’t move, my family’s still there, my friend’s are still there – I feel like I can actually speak to it with some feeling.”

Gerwig previously revealed her original draft of the “Lady Bird” script clocked in at 350 pages, one that was ultimately whittled down to 120 pages which is what was shot. Amongst the stuff cut were characters who also lived in the neighbourhood, and more backstory of the supporting characters.