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Rupert Wyatt Set to Adapt Marisha Pessl’s Night Film

night film Things weren’t looking great for Rupert Wyatt for a while. The director bowed out of the sequel to his hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes and then exited exited the Denzel Washington vehicle The Equalizer.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, however, he’s now lined up a new project, one produced by Rise collaborators Chernin Entertainment: an adaptation of Marisha Pessl’s novel Night Film.

The book won’t be released until August, but here’s the synopsis from publisher Random House:

On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive, cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova—a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.

For McGrath, another death connected to this seemingly cursed family dynasty seems more than just a coincidence. Though much has been written about Cordova’s dark and unsettling films, very little is known about the man himself.

Driven by revenge, curiosity, and a need for the truth, McGrath, with the aid of two strangers, is drawn deeper and deeper into Cordova’s eerie, hypnotic world.

The last time he got close to exposing the director, McGrath lost his marriage and his career. This time he might lose even more.

The Night Film doesn’t have a screenwriter yet.

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