I’m already quite hopeful for Amy Berg‘s latest documentary, West of Memphis — hitting later this year, thanks to Sony Pictures Classics — so, in light of this news, I’ll need a second to get things in order on her front. According to Variety, the Deliver Us from Evil helmer will carry her talents to narrative field with an adaptation of Laura Lippman‘s Every Secret Thing.
A strong start, and the additional roster on this one is quite impressive; Diane Lane is starring, Nicole Holofcener concocted the screenplay, and Frances McDormand will produce with Anthony Bregman of Likely Story. As with the book, Every Secret Thing tells of two girls, Alice and Ronnie, who, at the age of 11, steal an abandoned baby that eventually dies. The two are sent to prison until turning 18, upon which they’re shoved back into the world and find that children have begun to disappear. Lane will play the mother to one of these girls.
Variety notes some connections between this material and Memphis, at least in regards to Berg‘s long-held desire for breaking into a narrative realm. Given how strong the reaction to her extensive documentary happened to be — combined with what already has the ingredients for a nice thriller — it isn’t difficult to see how Every Secret Thing might shape up nicely.
What do you make of Berg going into this territory, and with this very project?
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