Following a multi-studio bidding war that ended in a reported seven-figure deal, Amazon Studios has acquired film rights to the #MeToo-themed novel THE WIFE by Alafair Burke, who will also write the script.
Published in January by HarperCollins, The Wife follows a woman named Angela who learns that her celebrity husband may be a sexual predator after his intern accuses him of sexual harassment. When a second alleged victim comes forward, Angela is forced to confront a deep-seated trauma from her past, and eventually, someone winds up murdered.
Who knows, with a timely narrative like this, maybe The Wife is the next Gone Girl… or have we heard that comp too many times before? Either way, it’s the 13th novel written by Burke, a former prosecutor who also works as a professor of criminal law and procedure when she isn’t crafting bestsellers.
The Wife is not to be confused with the upcoming Glenn Close film of the same name, which was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics late last year, and could thrust the veteran actress into next year’s Oscar race.
Hotchkiss & Associates negotiated the deal on behalf of the Philip G. Spitzer Literary Agency, and Deadline broke the news.
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