Julia Roberts’ classic movie Sleeping With The Enemy is set to be remade for a new generation of fans.
The thriller stars the actress as a desperate woman who fakes her own death to escape her abusive husband, and now, 28 years later, studio officials at Fox Searchlight Pictures are working on a modern version of the same story.
Rising moviemaker Nia DaCosta has been tapped to write and direct the project, which will be developed by The Iron Lady producer Damian Jones, as part of his new Fox deal, according to Deadline.com.
Further details about the movie revamp have yet to be announced.
DaCosta made her feature film directorial debut with last year’s (18) Little Woods, a drama starring Tessa Thompson and Lily James as estranged sisters who are driven to extremes.
The original Sleeping With The Enemy release, which also featured actors Patrick Bergin and Kevin Anderson, was a hit for filmmaker Joseph Ruben upon its release back in 1991, grossing $175 million (£132 million) from a $20 million (£15 million) budget.
It was based on the 1987 book of the same name by author Nancy Price.
Meanwhile, Jones is also tackling a big screen adaptation of James Corden’s hit stage play One Man, Two Guvnors.
It’s not yet clear if the British comedian-turned-U.S. talk show host will reprise his role as struggling musician Francis Henshall, who juggles two new jobs while trying to prevent each of his bosses from finding out about his other gig.
Corden originated the part, which took him to London’s West End in 2011 and Broadway in 2012.
The film will be penned by Oli Refson, the writer/director of BBC comedy series Uncle, while One Man, Two Guvnors creator Richard Bean and director Nicholas Hytner are both on board as executive producers.
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