〉 The Gone Girl star will lead the adaptation of the best selling autism memoir by Kristine Barnett.
Rosamund Pike has been set to star in the upcoming adaptation of the memoir THE SPARK by Kristine Barnett. The film was previously set at Warner Bros. under the working title of the memoir, Scattered Skills. The project is now moving forward at Relativity Media with Denise Di Novi producing under her Di Novi Pictures banner. Michael Cunningham is set to write the script, while Alison Greenpan will oversee the project for the studio.
The memoir follows the true story of Barnett and her relationship with her autistic son Jacob. When Jacob was two years old, Barnett was told that he may never be able to tie his own shoes. Barnett knew that she had to step in and make a difference in her son’s life. Against the advice of her husband, she pulled Jacob out of special education classes and worked with him to defy the odds of Autism controlling his life. Jacob would grow up to have an IQ higher than Einstein’s at the age of nine. He would develop groundbreaking theories on Astrophysics at the age of twelve. The memoir The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing, Genius, and Autism details the incredible hardships that the Barnett family would pull together to overcome. Kristine was also battling her own illness during this time, putting more weight on her struggle.
Pike recently captivated audiences with her Oscar nominated turn in David Fincher’s Gone Girl. She came into the spotlight in 2002 in the James Bond film Die Another Day. Other credits include Pride and Prejudice, Fracture, Atonement and The World’s End. She is next set to star opposite Christian Bale in the upcoming adventure film The Deep Blue Good-By.
Lou Chase | Staff Writer