Netflix in final talks to acquire The Woman in the Window
The Amy Adams-starring adaptation of The Woman in the Window has had a rough road to its release, being delayed multiple times due to both negative test screenings and the global pandemic, and now it appears it has found its salvation as Netflix has entered final talks to acquire the psychological thriller, according to Deadline.
Originally scheduled for October 2019 and May 2020 releases, the film was pushed back the first time due to test audiences’ negative response to the third act of the story and subsequently delayed as theaters around the world shuttered amdist the global pandemic. It was set to be the final theatrical release for Fox 2000 Pictures, the iconic label that is being shuttered following the film’s release due to Walt Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox.
Should the deal go through, it will also be the latest major studio title to head to a streaming service as theaters struggle to reopen with recent spikes in disease cases, with some others in recent months including Paramount selling both The Lovebirds and The Trial of the Chicago 7 to Netflix, as well as skipping a global theatrical release for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run in favor of a VOD release on CBS All Access in early 2021, while recently acquiring Legendary Entertainment’s Enola Holmes.
In The Woman in the Window, an agoraphobic child psychologist befriends a neighbor across the street from her New York City brownstone, only to see her own life turned upside down when the woman disappears and she suspects foul play. A stellar ensemble cast brings Tracy Letts’ screenplay based on the gripping, best-selling novel to life, where shocking secrets are revealed, and no one-and nothing-is what it seems.
The film features an A-list ensemble that includes five time Academy-Award nominee Amy Adams (Arrival) and Academy-Award winners Julianne Moore (Still Alice) and Gary Oldman; the latter reuniting with his Darkest Hour director. It will also star Anthony Mackie, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
The Woman in the Window is directed by Joe Wright from a script written by Tracy Letts. It is produced by Scott Rudin (Lady Bird, No Country for Old Men), Eli Bush (Lady Bird, Annihilation), and Antony Katagas.