Greta Gerwig

'Maggie's Plan' takes its inspiration from the screwball romantic comedies of the '30s, '40s

'Maggie's Plan' takes its inspiration from the screwball romantic comedies of the '30s, '40s

In 2012, I was on the prowl for something funny — an article, a book, a short story —  to build a script around.  I had just moved back to the city [New York] with my family, was freshly in love with the place, and was burned out after writing a novel, “Jacob’s Folly,” about a reincarnated Jewish housefly.  I needed a leg up.

Karen Rinaldi is one of my dearest friends.  Knowing of my plight, she emailed me a single story thread of a book she was working on, “The End of Men.”  As I read the chapters, it felt like finding the perfect snack in the refrigerator at 2 in the morning when you’re starving, yet...

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