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Don’t Jump Out of a Car, But Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird Cinematic Universe Isn’t Happening Anytime Soon

Greta Gerwig.

Earlier this year, Oscar-nominated Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig revealed that she wants to make three additional films about Sacramento, but we may have to wait a while for more details. Speaking at the Time 100 gala on Tuesday night, Gerwig — one of the evening’s honorees — told Vulture that she likes to keep her not-quite-finished scripts under wraps.

“I can’t tell you ideas because as soon as I say ideas to the world, they die. Somehow they become not interesting to me anymore, so I kind of have to keep them safe until I’m ready to do it,” said Gerwig, who wants to build the Lady Bird cinematic universe over a long period of time. “Plus, I think when you’re figuring something out if you get feedback too early it can make you doubt what you’re trying to do.”

After finishing a draft, Gerwig and a trusted group of readers workshop the script until its done. “By then, I’ve stopped negotiating what the movie will be, and it just exists.”

Although this process works to limit unnecessary criticism, it does take up time. Gerwig mused that it would be nice to do a smaller work where she could get comments back right away. “Maybe I’ll make a short film or something.”

Greta Gerwig Updates Us on the Lady Bird Cinematic Universe