Ira Levin, writer of “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Stepford Wives,” also penned the ’70s Broadway thriller “Veronica’s Room” and now that play is heading to the big screen thanks to Bob and Harvey Weinstein.
They’ll produce, finance and distribute the feature adaptation under the TWC-Dimension label.
The dark tale of “Veronica’s Room” explores the thin line between fantasy and reality. Students Susan and Larry find themselves enticed to an old New England mansion by its caretakers to meet the sole surviving member of the family. They insist that Susan bears a striking resemblance to Veronica, the family member’s long-dead sister. They believe her presence will comfort the dementia-afflicted woman and allow her to die in peace. But what begins as a simple errand of mercy quickly spirals into a nightmare cycle of guilt, sacrifice, and murder.
“From ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ to ‘Deathtrap,’ Harvey and I have been admirers of Ira Levin, as he has created some of the greatest thrillers in film history,” commented TWC & Dimension Films’ Co-Chairmen Bob Weinstein. “With ‘Veronica’s Room’ we have discovered a hidden gem that is going to reintroduce Iras genius to a new generation. It will also provide a fantastic opportunity for top tier actors and actresses to embody Ira Levins fascinating, complicated characters.”