Charlize Theron and Dakota Fanning are teaming up for an adaption of the non-fiction novel, Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, by Susannah Cahalan, according to Deadline.
The 2012 book chronicles the ‘a young woman’s terrifying descent into madness’. Fanning will play a 24-year-old reporter for the New York Post who suddenly became psychotic and violent. This led her to being hospitalised, although doctors couldn’t work out exactly what was going on and were ready to commit her to a psychiatric clinic.
Then Dr. Souhel Najjar came in to look at her. After he asked her to draw a simple sketch, it helped him diagnose her with a new auto-immune disease which had caused her body to attack her brain. Many believe this illness may have been the cause of many cases of supposed demonic possessions throughout history.
Theron has optioned the book herself via her Denver & Delilah production company. No studio is currently attached. Indeed it’s very early days as there’s no writer or director involved at this time either.