Joe Wright (Darkest Hour) has signed on to direct The Woman In The Window, the big screen adaptation of A.J. Finn‘s best-selling novel. Tracy Letts (August: Osage County) will pen the screenplay with Scott Rudin producing the film.
The novel revolves around the reclusive Dr. Anna Fox, who spends her days holed up in a house in New York City getting drunk, binge watching old movies and spying on her neighbours. In the vain of Rear Window, Anna eventually sees something nefarious while spying on the Russell clan, the seemingly perfect family next door.
The thriller has been a bestseller since debuting in January and Fox 2000 has jumped at the chance to adapt a popular novel. Getting Wright on board is also well timed, as he’s just coming off both the box office and award-winning success of Darkest Hour.
The director has shown an affinity for adapting literary works in the past, such as Pride & Prejudice and Atonement, so this should fit him like a glove. He’s also been linked with helming the adaptation of John Williams‘ Stoner, but now it seems likely that The Woman In The Window will be his next film considering the current popularity of the source material.
Attention will now likely turn to who will be cast to play the lead role in the film.