Nicole Kidman to Produce & Star in Adaptation of 'The Silent Wife'
by Ethan Anderton
October 11, 2013
With The Weinstein Company pushing Grace of Monaco back to spring 2014, and the TIFF selected period drama The Railway Man not arriving until next year as well, it looks like Nicole Kidman will have to sit Oscar season out this year. No matter though, because she's keeping busy by adding to her future slate as Deadline reports the actress will star in and produce an adaptation of The Silent Wife, based on A.S.A. Harrison's novel of the same name. The film doesn't have a studio home yet, but Kidman and her Blossom Films banner have teamed with Mazur/Kaplan (who will fund development) to option the rights to the book.
Here's the official synopsis of the book:
Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater. She lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds. She likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps. She has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept. Expertly plotted and reminiscent of Gone Girl and These Things Hidden, The Silent Wife ensnares the reader from page one and does not let go.
It'll be interesting to see how the film handles the alternating perspectives of the film. Will we see the same scenarios play out twice from the point of view of each spouse, or will it just be told in the traditional manner? The split viewpoint is hard to pull off on film without the use of heavy inner monologue being turned into voiceover, which can be lazy and contrived. Anyway, it sounds like it could be one to watch in awards season, but the film needs a writer and director first. Kidman has plenty to keep her busy anyway since she's replacing Naomi Watts as Gertrude Bell in Werner Herzog's Queen of the Desert. Thoughts?