J ohn Kerry’s given up on the White House. But his filmmaker daughter Alexandra’s Tinseltown dreams are coming true. Beacon Pictures (Thirteen Days, Firewall) has attached Kerry to direct her first feature, an adaptation of Jessica Shattuck’s novel The Hazards of Good Breeding, about a blue-blood Massachusetts family. Kerry says she was “looking for a Wasp story” to direct and fell hard for Hazards. “I related to a lot of the characters in it, although they tend to be a little bit more dysfunctional than the ones I know.” The novel follows a young woman whose family is in turmoil: Her mother has a nervous breakdown, and her father impregnates the babysitter. “I wouldn’t say that it’s a portrait of my family,” she adds. Beacon’s Peter Almond says he’ll begin shopping the project to studios next week, noting, “Some very fine actors and their representatives have expressed interest.”
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