Since its release this June, A.S.A. Harrison’s novel “The Silent Wife” has quickly become a pretty huge hit, though unfortunately the author passed away in April, a few months before its release, and never got a chance to enjoy its success. She did leave behind an estate, however, and it seems that said estate has been having some dealings with Hollywood over the past few months.
Deadline is reporting that Nicole Kidman and frequent literature adaptors Mazur/Kaplan have teamed to acquire the film rights to the book, and they’re currently setting it up as a starring vehicle for the actress. The story is described as being a psychological thriller that details the dissolution of a marriage from the alternating perspectives of both the man and the woman, though just saying that it’s about a marriage ending doesn’t quite seem like it does the thing justice. When you dig a little deeper, it begins to become clear that there’s something dangerous at the heart of this tale that transcends a couple of people deciding who gets to keep the couch.
For a better idea of what that danger is, we turn to the Amazon entry for Harrison’s book, which describes it by saying, “Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater. She lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds. She likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps. She has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, ‘The Silent Wife’ is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept.”
Though at first glance the title of this film seems like it would have Kidman harkening back to her work as a fembot in The Stepford Wives, that murdery plot synopsis right there points to the possibility that the film will instead allow the actress to tap into some of that disturbing, manic energy she’s shown us in things like The Paperboy and To Die For. That’s kind of exciting, because, quite frankly, a crazy Nicole Kidman is Nicole Kidman at her most interesting, and a movie that slow-builds to her snapping could be a pretty tense trip to the cinema. It sounds like this is a good fit of actress and material, no? Now she just needs to find some poor sap to play her victim.