Destin Cretton ("Short Term 12") is in early negotiations to direct the Jennifer Lawrence-led "The Glass Castle" at Lionsgate.
Based on Jeannette Walls' 2005 memoir, the story follows a young girl raised in a dysfunctional family with an eccentric artist mother and an alcoholic father.
The parents would stir the the children's imagination with hope as a distraction from their lives of poverty.
Marti Noxon wrote the first draft, while Cretton and Andrew Lanham are expected to take a pass at the script. Lawrence and Gil Netter will produce.