Is there a bigger flex than directing the movie version of your own book? Not only is actress/author/screenwriter/general funnywoman Kelly Oxford set to direct her first film, the project in question is an adaptation of one of the essays in her own semi-autobiographical book, When You Find Out The World Is Against You: And Other Funny Memories About Awful Moments.
The upcoming film, entitled Pink Skies Ahead, is based on the essay No Real Danger and centers around a young woman coping with an anxiety disorder after dropping out of college and moving back in with her parents. Oxford also wrote the script for the film and English actress Jessica Barden (The End of the F***ing World) is set to star.
Thank you for reading my books. I can’t wait until you can watch my movie. https://t.co/kLnUhw1w5V
— kelly oxford (@kellyoxford) March 26, 2019
Oxford first appeared on the entertainment scene in 2010 as a funny stay-at-home mom with a piping-hot Twitter account and a blog. Her witty online presence was recognized by a number of agents and celebs (including Jessica Alba and Lena Dunham) and she was soon fielding writing offers left and right. Now, Oxford has two books including the aforementioned 2017 collection and her first, Everything is Perfect When You’re a Liar (2013).
She’s also close friends and occasional writing partners with Molly McNearney, Jimmy Kimmel’s head writer and wife. It’s that friendship that led to Oxford’s involvement in the creation of the insanely popular “Mean Tweets” Jimmy Kimmel Live segment. (Pro tip: if you’re looking for some Twitter humour, Oxford is a solid follow.)
I’m a kind person, but if I let you into my lane during rush hour, and you do not give me a courtesy wave, I will follow you home and set your car on fire.
— kelly oxford (@kellyoxford) October 12, 2018
As if it wasn’t cool enough that this super talented Canadian woman is going to helm an upcoming flick, it’s also the first project being green-lit by former Warner Bros president Greg Silverman at his new studio, Stampede Ventures. Silverman stepped down from Warner Bros at the end of 2016 and his new content creation company boasts a mantra of aiming to “take advantage of the strength of the old system and the advantages of the emerging one.” We’d say employing more women and letting them tell their stories is a good start.