WILD Closer to Screen


The movie based on Cheryl Strayed’s best selling memoir and Oprah 2.0 pick, Wild (RH/Knopf) took a step closer to reality yesterday when it was announced that Fox Searchlight had acquired distribution rights. Reese Witherspoon will produce and star. Nick Hornby wrote the screenplay.

Witherspoon, who has had good luck with book adaptations (Election, Water for Elephants), has several others in the works, including Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl (Random House). Witherspoon is producing and Ben Affleck was recently cast to star. Most sources say she is not planning to co-star.

She may join the all-star cast for Inherent Vice, based on the Thomas Pynchon detective novel (Penguin Press, 2009), with Joaquin Phoenix, Sean Penn, Owen Wilson, Jena Malone, Benicio Del Toro, and Martin Short and is set to star in the adaptation of Three Little Words, based on Ashley Rhodes-Courter’s YA memoir (S&S/Atheneum) about growing up in the foster care system.

Also, prior to its publication last month, she optioned the rights to J. Courtney Sullivan’s The Engagements, (RH/Knopf) .

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