Helmer takes slow burning kidnap thriller.

It has been revealed (via Deadline) that director Ken Kwapis (‘Big Miracle,’ ‘He’s Just Not That Into You’) is set to take the director’s chair for a feature adaptation of Diana Wagman’s yet-to-released dark psychological novel ‘The Care And Feeding Of Exotic Pets.’

Kwapis is adapting the screenplay himself with the story following “Winnie Parker, mother to an angst-ridden teenage daughter and ex-wife to a successful game show host who left her for a twenty-something contestant, begins a normal day in her hum-drum existence by dropping her car off at the repair shop. After accepting what she believes is a ride to pick up her rental car, Winnie realizes too late that she’s been kidnapped.

What follows is a psychological game of cat and mouse set in the kidnapper’s tropically heated house—kept that way because the kidnapper is a reptile lover who has set up his home as a haven for Cookie, a menacing seven-foot long Iguana. While desperately seeking to escape, Winnie tries to connect the dots and uncover why she was kidnapped in the first place.”

The adaptation will be produced by Kwapis and his In Cahoots partner Alexandra Beattie.