Sheryl Sandberg's 'Lean In' Becoming a Movie & That's Great News for Women In Film
Whether you loved it or hated it, you definitely had an opinion about it. When Lean In , Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's bestselling feminist manifesto, was released last year, seemingly everyone had something to say about the book's messages on feminism, work/life balance, and womanhood. And now, nearly a year after the book's release, the conversation is set to continue with the news that Sony Pictures is turning Lean In into a movie.
The film, to be written by veteran TV writer/Lean In co-author Nell Scovell, will not be a biography of Sandberg nor a documentary based on the facts presented in the book. Rather, and more interestingly, it will be a narrative film focused on the themes and issues presented in Lean In, like leadership and gender inequality.
It's too soon for any other details to be released, but there are already plenty of reasons to be excited for Lean In: The Movie (our title, not theirs — hopefully). Regardless of how you reacted to Sandberg's advice, her book contained some truly fascinating stories and statistics about gender issues in the workforce. A film directly addressing this issue has never been done, at least this prominently; the movie will shine a spotlight on a topic that's prevalent in all of our lives, but rarely addressed on-screen.
Then there's the feminism of the movie production itself; it's a movie about women, written by a woman, spearheaded by a woman, based on a book by a woman. It's safe to assume that this movie will pass the Bechdel Test just fine.
There's no word on when the movie will be released, but chances are, it won't be for a long, long time. Movies, in general, take forever to get made, and one as high-stakes as Lean In will probably take even longer. So in the meantime, grab your copy and start re-reading, because this is one conversation you'll want to take part in.