“Theory of Everything: Getting Jane Hawking’s permission,” by Amy Kaufman for the Los Angeles Times
A decade ago, screenwriter Anthony McCarten showed up on Jane Hawking’s doorstep. He hadn’t given Hawking—ex-wife of the famous theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking—warning that he’d be coming. But he had read her autobiography, which detailed her intense marriage with the scientist—and he wanted to turn her story into a movie.
“I just thought, ‘I have to try and get permission,’” McCarten recalled at a recent showing of “The Theory of Everything” at the Envelope Screening Series.
Fortunately for McCarten, Jane Hawking didn’t leave him out in the cold that day. But it would take eight years for McCarten and film producer Lisa Bruce to persuade her to hand over her life’s rights for the film, which hits theaters Friday. Despite repeated rejections during that time period, Bruce and McCarten continued to spruce up the writer’s screenplay—just in case Hawking changed her mind.
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