Following his acclaimed WWII drama Darkest Hour, director Joe Wright is lining up projects, the first being THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW, an adaptation of A. J. Finn’s bestselling thriller, which is being financed by Fox 2000, the Tracking Board confirms.
Playwright Tracy Letts, who won the Pulitzer Prize for writing August, Osage County, will adapt the book with Scott Rudin and Eli Bush (Lady Bird) producing.
The thriller focuses on the reclusive Dr. Anna Fox, who remains shacked up in her New York brownstone drinking wine and watching old movies and spying on neighbors. Anna witnesses something she shouldn’t have seen while spying on one of the families that lives across the street. It’s a similar premise as Hitchcock’s Rear Window, but this wouldn’t be the first time that premise has been borrowed for other works.
Wright is one of England’s more respected filmmakers due to his film adaptations of Pride and Prejudice and Atonement, both which led to Oscar nominations, as well as the films Pan, Hanna and Anna Karenina. His most recent film also received a Best Picture nomination and won the Oscar for star Gary Oldman, who played Winston Churchill. So far, it has grossed $144.6 million, a bonafide hit for producer Working Title Films.
Wright has also been attached to adapt John Williams’ Stoner, which might come first in terms of production.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor