Disney’s Searchlight Pictures has acquired the comic horror film, “Nightbitch”, which will star Amy Addams (Enchanted) and be directed by Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood).  It will be released on Disney’s streaming services worldwide, with a release on Hulu in the US, Star+ and on Disney+ internationally.

The film is based on Rachel Yoder’s acclaimed debut novel, which tells the story of a woman thrown into the stay-at-home routine of raising a toddler in the suburbs, who slowly embraces the feral power deeply rooted in motherhood, as she becomes increasingly aware of the bizarre and undeniable signs that she may be turning into a canine.

Rachel Yoder is adapting her novel for the screen and while the original plan was for the film to be sold at Cannes, but Searchlight Pictures was able to secure the film for over $25 million for worldwide rights, beating out five other bids.

Searchlight Presidents David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield said in a statement to Deadline:

“We are long-time admirers of Amy Adams, and we are thrilled to join with Annapurna and this incredibly creative team of filmmakers to bring this unique story to the screen.  We’re also delighted to reunite with Mari Heller and Anne Carey again following the collaboration on Can You Ever Forgive Me? Mari has brilliantly adapted Rachel Yoder’s stunning debut for what promises to be a provocative film.”

Marielle Heller added:

“Rachel Yoder’s book took my breath away. I haven’t felt this way about [a] book since I read The Diary of a Teenage Girl many years ago.  Rachel’s darkly hilarious tale of motherhood and rage made me feel seen. And adapting it with Amy Adams in mind has been the thing that has kept me going through the pandemic. I am so thrilled to be bringing this movie to life with wonderful partners in Anne Carey, Annapurna Pictures, and Searchlight. It is a dream come true.”

Adams and Stacy O’Neil (Dead Ringers) will produce via their Bond Group banner, alongside Heller for Defiant By Nature, Archer Gray’s Anne Carey (20th Century Women), Annapurna’s Megan Ellison (Booksmart), Christina Oh (Minari) and Adam Paulsen (Pig), and Sue Naegle (Shirley), with Annapurna’s Sammy Scher and Defiant By Nature’s Havilah Brewster serving as exec producers. Searchlight Production Heads DanTram Nguyen and Katie Goodson-Thomas will oversee the film along with SVP, Production Taylor Friedman and Manager, Creative Affairs Cameron Chidsey.

Filming is due to begin in Los Angeles in September and no release date has yet been confirmed.





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