Drew Barrymore will make her feature film directing debut next year. Whip It will be a tale of the wild world of roller derby, according to Production Charts.
No other casting announcements have been made yet. Screenwriter Shauna Cross is a member of the Los Angeles Derby Dolls and author of the recently published teen-oriented novel Derby Girls. I’m not sure if Whip It is officially a film adaptation of Derby Girls, but the plots sound quite similar.
Production Charts reports Whip It is about “a Midwestern, small-town, teenage girl (who) discovers the high-energy world of roller derby and must decide if she’s willing to go against her parents and friends in order to pursue the sport she loves.”
Derby Girls is about a similar girl living in Texas, whose mom wants her to be a beauty pageant queen. Roller derby provides the girl with a rebellious avenue of escape.
Why should you care about Whip It?
Because it’s proof of my long-standing theorem that Drew Barrymore is a goddess made flesh! Stephen Hawking himself has given up on trying to fathom the unfathomable force of nature that is Drew Barrymore. The Drewb can do it all! She can act, produce, direct and even start fires with her fucking mind!
That’s right, suckas. Firestarter was a GOT-DA-YUM DOCUMENTARY.