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Director Sam Taylor-Johnson in Talks for 'A Reliable Wife' Adaptation

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March 7, 2013
Source: Deadline

Sam Taylor-Johnson / A Reliable Wife

Finally, the next project from a director I greatly admire - Sam Taylor-Johnson. Formerly known as Sam Taylor-Wood (until she married actor Aaron Johnson) her feature directorial debut was highly underseen Beatles film Nowhere Boy, after a few shorts and photography work. I think she's an incredibly underrated, very talented, refreshingly contemporary filmmaker and I've been anxious to follow her directing career. Deadline is reporting that Sony/Columbia Pictures is in talks to have Taylor-Johnson direct their adaptation of A Reliable Wife, the period thriller written by Robert Goolrick, about a snowy Wisconsin love triangle.

Rural Wisconsin, 1907. In the bitter cold, Ralph Truitt stands stands alone on the train platform anxiously awaiting the arrival of a visitor. The woman who arrives is not who he expects. This woman, this reliable wife, will decide whether Ralph Truitt lives or dies. Opening intro comes from the book's official website.

This adaptation is in development at Sony/Columbia Pictures, with Michael De Luca, Jami Gertz and Lime Orchard Productions, and Stacey Lubliner producing. Adapting Robert Goolrick's novel first published in 2009 is screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker (Sleepy Hollow, Ambush, The Wolfman, Psycho Killer). If this ends up with the same tone as Walker's past work, it'll be a dark, devious, mysterious romantic thriller - which is certainly the kind of pitch that's hot in Hollywood now. I'm intrigued just because it sounds like this could be the next film directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, which means I'm looking forward to it already.

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