She captivated us with her arresting prose long before her enormous sunglasses were en vogue. Her delicate frame has held the heavy title of greatest living American author for many a year and now Joan Didion, literary goddess and saint, is finally getting her own much-deserved Netflix documentary.
Yesterday, Netflix announced it will chronicle the celebrated author’s life in the upcoming documentary Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold. Didion’s nephew, Griffin Dunne, will helm the project as he captures his notoriously private aunt-cum-novelist in her most unnatural habitat—in front of the camera and speaking.
The hotly-anticipated doc will include never-before-seen footage of Didion hobnobbing with Janis Joplin at a soirée, swaying in the recording studio with Jim Morrison and making dinner for one of the Manson girls. The Center Will Not Hold will also explore the National Book Award winner's long relationship (both romantic and editorial) with her late husband, John Gregory Dunne.
Didion's biopic is set to premiere at the New York Film Festival this fall and hit Netflix on October 27.
If we tell ourselves stories to live, then this is a story we truly cannot live without.