Karen Moncrieff adapting Alice Sebold’s book ‘Lucky’ as a feature film

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Karen Moncrieff (“The Dead Girl,” “13 Reasons Why”) is adapting the memoir “Lucky,” by “The Lovely Bones” author Alice Sebold, as a feature film.

Moncrieff has penned the adaptation of Sebold’s story, an autobiographical chronicle of sexual assault and its aftermath, and will also direct the film, according to Deadline.

The film will be produced by “Still Alice‘s” James Brown. Lisa Wolofsky of Skywolf Media and Nadine de Barros through Fortitude are fully financing and will executive produce. Fortitude is handling international sales.

The adaptation is in pre-production and casting with a projected fall start date.

“I’m excited to tell this unflinching, true story of a fierce rape survivor and her battle to become the person and writer she always intended to be. Alice’s courage, wit, and willingness to remake her shocking personal trauma into moving and redemptive art are incredibly inspiring to me,” Moncrieff said in a statement.

Sebold, whose 2002 bestseller “The Lovely Bones” was made into a feature directed by Peter Jackson, published “Lucky” in 1999. The memoir traces how her life was transformed when she was brutally raped and beaten in a park near campus as an 18-year-old college freshman. While reporting the crime to the police, she was astonished when they remarked how a young woman had recently been murdered in the same location, so she was “lucky.”

Driving the memoir is Sebold’s spirit, as she fights to ensure her rapist’s arrest and conviction and come to terms with a world that has forever been altered. The book has sold more than 1 million copies.

“Karen’s work on Lucky achieves what every great adaptation should, staying true to Alice’s memoir while imbuing it with the cinematic tension of a nail-biting thriller,” Brown said in a statement.

-BAM

 

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