By Francesco DeLuca
A new film is in the works based on Ruth Ware’s 2015 mystery novel In a Dark, Dark Wood. Reese Witherspoon has been confirmed to be a primary member of the development team.
Witherspoon is certainly flying high as a producer thus far, having experienced a stellar 2014. She co-produced David Fincher’s smash hit Gone Girl, and she and Pacific Standard produced Wild, in which she also starred.
New Line Cinema acquired the film rights from the Gotham Group, and the film will be produced under Witherspoon’s Pacific Standard production company. She will team with Bruna Papandrea, with whom she also produced Wild. The duo also produced comedy Hot Pursuit, which starred Witherspoon alongside Sofia Vergara.
In a Dark, Dark World, will mark the second book that New Line and Pacific Standard will work together on, the first having been Garth Callaghan’s Napkin Notes earlier this year. “In a Dark, Dark World” burst on the scene when it made its August debut, appearing on the New York Times, USA Today, and LA Times bestseller lists.
The novel focuses on a reclusive writer who receives an invitation to the bachelorette party from her high school best friend, who she hasn’t seen in 10 years.
Witherspoon and Papandrea founded Pacific Standard in 2012 to create movies with female protagonists. The company is currently working on Gayle Tzemach Lemmon’s Ashley’s War at Fox 2000, Big Little Lies, The Engagements, Pennyroyal’s Princess Boot Camp, The Outliers and Wendy Walker’s All Is Not Forgotten.