Marjane Satrapi, best known for writing the autobiographical graphic novel Persepolis and directing the film adaptation, is set to direct a movie about Marie Curie, according to Deadline. It’s another adaptation of a graphic novel, Lauren Redniss’ Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale Of Love And Fallout. (The title is being shortened to Radioactive for the film.) The script is coming from Jack Thorne, the British playwright and screenwriter who recently wrote J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter And The Cursed Child for West End. He’s also written for English TV, notably Skins (the original and superior U.K. version) and the new National Treasure miniseries (already a hit in England that makes its way Stateside via Hulu in March; not related to the Nicolas Cage film). Thorne is also set to write the His Dark Materials miniseries, so it’s safe to say he’s a hot commodity right now.
Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale Of Love And Fallout traces Marie Curie’s life from the age of 24, when she was Marie Sklodowska, and when she moved from Warsaw to Paris. There she fell in love Pierre Curie and the two entered into a long partnership of scientific study, which included the discovery of radium and pioneering the field of radioactivity. The graphic novel encompasses Pierre’s death, Marie’s second Nobel Peace Prize, and her forbidden love with a married physicist.