Per Deadline, Maggie Gyllenhaal has teamed up with Pie Films to acquire the film rights to author Elena Ferrante‘s novel, The Lost Daughter, for which Gyllenhaal will write, produce, and make her directorial debut.
The novel follows Leda, who experiences a seemingly meaningless event that causes her to be overwhelmed by memories of the difficult and unconventional choices she made as a mother, and their consequences for herself and her family, all while on a seaside holiday.
What begins as ostensibly a serene tale of a woman’s rediscovery of herself soon becomes a relentless psychological thriller revolving around a confrontation with an unsettled past.
Talia Kleinhendler and Osnat Handelsman-Keren will produce alongside Gyllenhaal, with the trio having previously partnered on The Kindergarten Teacher, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and will arrive on Netflix Friday, October 12.
Gyllenhaal remains one of the best working actresses and will now get the chance to take her talent behind the camera as well. Despite not quite getting the film opportunities she’s deserved over the last decade, she’s excelled on TV, where she won a Golden Globe in 2015 for her work on the miniseries The Honorable Woman, while she can currently be seen starring in season 2 of HBO’s The Deuce.