Her directorial debut is a movie about mental warfare in the 1960s
Now she’s announced she’s directing her first feature film and it sounds predictably special. “I’ve signed on to direct something called Project Delirium — it’s based on this article about mental warfare in the ’60s, like an acid experiment gone terribly wrong,” Lawrence told EW.
The article, “Operation Delirium,” was published in 2012 in the New Yorker. Operation Delirium was an initiative to test the effects of chemical weapons on Army soldiers in preparation for a potential chemical attack by the Soviets or another enemy. The piece tells the story of Colonel James Ketchum, who “dreamed of war without killing.” In the pursuit of that, he conducted a series of now-infamous experiments on men who may bear psychic or physical scars. It’s heavy psychological subject matter, but interesting.
“It’s funny, I’ve wanted to direct since I was 16 and always thought I should start making steps towards that,” Lawrence said. “If I had tried to do it earlier, I wouldn’t have been ready. Now I actually feel ready.”
After writing about sexism in Hollywood last month, now is the opportune moment for Lawrence to lead the charge for women behind the camera instead of in front of it. The world is waiting.