Period thriller seeks British filmmaker.
‘Nowhere Boy’ helmer Sam Taylor-Johnson is said to be talks to take the director’s chair for an adaptation of Robert Goolrick’s bestselling novel ‘A Reliable Wife.’ Published in 2010, the book is officially described as follows:
“Rural Wisconsin, 1909. In the bitter cold, Ralph Truitt, a successful businessman, stands alone on a train platform waiting for the woman who answered his newspaper advertisement for “a reliable wife.” But when Catherine Land steps off the train from Chicago, she’s not the “simple, honest woman” that Ralph is expecting. She is both complex and devious, haunted by a terrible past and motivated by greed. Her plan is simple: she will win this man’s devotion, and then, ever so slowly, she will poison him and leave Wisconsin a wealthy widow. What she has not counted on, though, is that Truitt — a passionate man with his own dark secrets —has plans of his own for his new wife. Isolated on a remote estate and imprisoned by relentless snow, the story of Ralph and Catherine unfolds in unimaginable ways.”
‘A Reliable Wife’ will be produced by Michael De Luca, Jami Gertz and Lime Orchard Productions, and Stacey Lubliner.