Production companies fronted by Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal have landed adaptive rights to scientist Suzanne Simard’s memoir “Finding the Mother Tree.”
In a competitive situation, Adams’ Bond Group Entertainment and Gyllenhaal’s Nine Stories scored the the book, published today via Knopf. The project is being developed by both companies with Adams set to star.
Recounting her groundbreaking and once-ridiculed research, the book is described as a dazzling scientific detective story about the woman who first discovered how trees communicate underground through an immense web of fungi. Simard’s work has been praised as having “planetary significance,” and is said to have influenced creative works including James Cameron’s “Avatar” (the Tree of Souls) and author Richard Powers.
Adams and Bond Group co-founder Stacy O’Neil said the book “excited us with a narrative about the awe-invoking power of nature and the compelling parallels in Suzanne’s personal life. It forever transformed our views of the world and the interconnectivity of our environment. ‘Finding the Mother Tree’ is not only a deeply beautiful memoir about one woman’s impactful life, it’s also a call to action to protect, understand and connect with the natural world.”
Gyllenhaal and his Nine Stories partner Riva Marker called the project “part charming memoir, part crash course in forest ecology. And yet, it manages to be about the things that matter most: the ways we care for each other, fail each other and listen to each other. After the last year and a half, its lessons about motherhood, connection and the natural world are more timely than ever, and we are thrilled to partner with Amy, Stacy and their company, and Suzanne Simard to adapt this majestic story to film.”
Adams and O’Neil and Gyllenhaal and Marker will produce the project, with Noah Stahl overseeing for Nine Stories and Kate Clifford for Bond Group Entertainment. A distributor has not yet been set.
Since the pandemic started movies which were due to be released in the cinema this year have had to postpone their release dates or else the distributors have decided to go straight to streaming services like Netflix.
Amy Adams’ highly anticipated new film, The Woman In The Window, is coming to Netflix very soon. The film was supposed to be released in October last year but the release was obviously cancelled because of restrictions.
It has just been announced that The Woman In The Window will skip waiting for a cinema release and will land on the streaming service “in the first half of the year”.
The Netflix thriller stars Amy Adams as Dr. Anna Fox, Julianne Moore co-stars in the film as her missing friend Jane Russell. Other members of the cast include Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie, Fred Hechinger, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
The Woman in the Window is based on the A.J. Finn novel. It tells the story of Anna who is an agoraphobic psychologist who can’t leave her house because of her anxiety. Anna basically only sees the world from her window, if anyone arrives on her doorstep she sends them away.
She ends up making friends with her neighbour, Jane, who she then sees get attacked in her home from her window one night. Anna reports the incident to police but then Jane turns up and she’s a completely different person… that’s when things get interesting.
Amy Adams is tipped for an Oscar for her role as Anna in this captivating thriller. Critics and fans are convinced that “this role will win Adams the Oscar she finally deserves.”