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Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes Director Rupert Wyatt To Adapt Noir Novel Night Film

Director Rupert Wyatt has a couple of solid flicks behind him in 2008’s The Escapist and 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes , and his career is currently showing it, as he’s taking projects like the WWI love story Birdsong and the sci-fi action Agent 13, while dropping others, like adaptation of the 1980s TV show The Equalizer. So what are we to believe about this piece of enticing news?

Chernin Entertainment and Wyatt will reteam for the noir thriller Night Film, the upcoming novel from author Marisha Pessl. Chermin is a genre-flipper, having produced Rise of the Planet of the Apes, as well as the soon-to-be-released sci-fi thriller Oblivion and Paul Feig’s upcoming comedy The Heat. While Chernin has a deal with Fox, the film isn’t set up anywhere at the moment. Nor does it have a screenwriter yet.

Pessl, whose best-selling debut was 2006’s wicked fun mystery Special Topics in Calamity Physics, is releasing Night Film through Random House on August 20, 2013, and you can bet you’ll hear about it, even without the movie connection.

Night Film focuses on Scott McGrath, an investigative journalist who looks into the suicide of a beautiful young woman, and finds things amiss. As it happens, the woman is the daughter of a reclusive horror director, and his possible involvement sets McGrath on a path to truth and vengeance. Murder, a horror director and a noir mystery, all wrapped up into what will hopefully be a stunning novel-- and is it too much to hope for a stunning film too?

Nick Venable
Nick Venable

Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.