20th Century Fox has acquired feature film rights to the psychological suspense novel THE MARRIAGE PACT from New York Times bestselling author Michelle Richmond, it was announced Monday. Chernin Entertainment will produce the movie.
After working with Fox and Chernin on the upcoming Jennifer Lawrence film Red Sparrow, screenwriter Justin Haythe will adapt the book, which will be published in the U.S. this Tuesday by Bantam Books. Fox’s Kira Goldberg will oversee the project for the studio.
The Marriage Pact follows newlyweds Alice and Jake, who after receiving an enticing wedding gift, decide to join an exclusive and mysterious group known only as The Pact. The goal of The Pact seems simple — to keep marriages happy and intact. However, the young lovers are about to discover that for adherents to The Pact, membership, like marriage, is for life. For Jake and Alice, the marriage of their dreams is about to become their worst nightmare.
Haythe previously adapted Richard Yates’ debut novel Revolutionary Road, which led to the 2008 film of the same name starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. He’s represented by CAA and 3 Arts Entertainment.
Richmond is the New York Times bestselling author of five novels and two award-winning story collections. Her previous novels include the 2014 political thriller Golden State, the international bestseller The Year of the Fog, and No One You Know, a literary mystery that combines an unsolved murder with a centuries-old mathematical conjecture. Her 2014 story collection, Hum, also received the Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize.
In addition to The Marriage Pact and Red Sparrow, Chernin’s upcoming projects include the Idris Elba-Kate Winslet drama The Mountain Between Us and a Fear Street movie based on R.L. Stine’s beloved horror book series of the same name.
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