An awards-season powerhouse could be coming together. Variety reports that Joe Wright (Darkest Hour) is set to adapt the thriller The Woman in the Window with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts (August: Osage County) penning the screenplay and Scott Rudin (The Social Network) set to produce alongside Eli Bush (Lady Bird). That’s a lot of talent before you’ve even cast a single actor.
Per Variety, “The Woman in the Window centers on the reclusive Dr. Anna Fox, who spends her days holed in in her New York City brownstone, fortifying herself with too much wine, binge watching old movies, and spying on her neighbors. In the “Rear Window” vein, Anna eventually witnesses something she shouldn’t while keeping tabs on the Russell family, the seemingly picture perfect clan that lives across the way.” Although this sounds a lot like The Girl on the Train—dysfunctional person thinks she sees an idyllic life but it turns out not all is as it seems—hopefully the talent amassing behind this one signals that there’s more here than that other bestseller.
However, it’s possible The Woman in the Window may not be Wright’s next picture. Back in September, we reported that he was teaming up with Casey Affleck for Stoner, which revolves around a dirt-poor Missouri boy whose life in the first half of the 20th century finds him embracing a scholar’s life, marrying into a “proper” family, becoming estranged from his own family, finding new love, and encountering scandal. Variety notes that Stoner or The Woman in the Window could be Wright’s next project.
Here’s the synopsis for A.J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window:
Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.
Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble and its shocking secrets are laid bare.
What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.