Netflix has acquired the rights to My Lovely Wife, a film that was previously under development by Amazon. Julia Hart, known for her work on Miss Stevens, Stargirl, and Fast Color, will write and direct the film in collaboration with Jordan Horowitz.
The producers of the film include Brian Kavanaugh Jones and Fred Berger for Automatic, as well as Roy Lee and Miri Yoon for Vertigo. The executive producers are Samantha Downing, Sean Berard, and Barbara Poelle. Interestingly, the film is an adaptation of Samatha Downing’s novel of the same name.
Amazon had started working on the film in 2020. It was supposed to star Nicole Kidman while also involving her production house, Blossom Films. That project never came to pass and now Netflix is making it anew.
Samantha Downing’s novel was published in 2019. This is how the logline of the novel goes:
Our love story is simple. I met a gorgeous woman. We fell in love. We had kids. We moved to the suburbs. We told each other our biggest dreams, and our darkest secrets. And then we got bored. We look like a normal couple. We’re your neighbors, the parents of your kid’s friend, the acquaintances you keep meaning to get dinner with. We all have secrets to keeping a marriage alive. Ours just happens to be getting away with murder.
As of July 2023, Netflix hasn’t announced the cast for the film. It’ll be interesting to see if Nicole Kidman is still involved in the production of the movie. The production of My Lovely Wife is still in the early stages, with script writing currently paused due to the ongoing writers’ strike. There is no information available yet regarding the start of filming. We can expect a late 2024 or early 2025 release considering the strikes that are in place.