Joe Wright’s adaptation of The Woman in the Window should be a big deal. It still might be, but the Rear Window-esque thriller, led by Amy Adams, has seen some rough sledding over the last year, and now Netflix is coming in to rescue it.
Deadline reports that Netflix is in negotiations to acquire The Woman in the Window from Fox/Disney. The film is based on AJ Finn’s bestseller, and a movie version was expected to capitalize on the success of similar domestic thrillers as Gone Girl and The Girl On the Train. Wright was brought in to direct, with Tracy Letts on the script. Adams is joined in the cast by Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Julianne Moore. So what could go wrong?
Well, a lot. Originally due to open in October 2019, the film was delayed for reshoots when test audiences didn’t care for it. A fresh release date in May 2020 was set, but then the coronavirus happened. Now it looks like there will be no theatrical release at all, and instead be a “global Netflix event film.”
The Woman in the Window centers on an agoraphobic psychologist whose life is turned upside down when the neighbor she befriends vanishes, and foul play is suspected.
Netflix has yet to cement a new release date, but I’m guessing it will be within the next couple of months.