Magical realism is a style that has been getting a lot of notice lately, both in books and on screen, so it’s not surprising to see this Nightbitch adaptation moving along quickly. The movie, based on the debut novel by Rachel Yoder, takes a dive into how motherhood affects women. Blending horror, feminism, and the life-changing experience of having a child this book resonated with many women.
It’s popularity and source of many discussions all lead to a story that should translate well to an audience that will want to see it on screen. Having a six-time Oscar nominee set to star will always give a project a big boost as well.
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This page was updated: 7/30/23
About The Book:
One day, the mother was a mother but then, one night, she was quite suddenly something else…
At home full-time with her two-year-old son, an artist finds she is struggling. She is lonely and exhausted. She had imagined – what was it she had imagined? Her husband, always travelling for his work, calls her from faraway hotel rooms. One more toddler bedtime, and she fears she might lose her mind.
Instead, quite suddenly, she starts gaining things, surprising things that happen one night when her child will not sleep. Sharper canines. Strange new patches of hair. New appetites, new instincts. And from deep within herself, a new voice…
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Current Production Status:
Post-Production as of November 2022, with a rating given to the film in June 2023.
Nightbitch Adaptation Timeline:
The book was first published in July 2021 and received positive reviews. The next month in August the Nightbitch adaptation was announced by Annapurna Pictures with Amy Adams set to star.
In May 2022 it was announced that Searchlight Pictures had joined on and that the film would be released on Hulu.
The project began filming in late Fall 2022 and wrapped in November.
The movie was given an ‘R’ rating in June 2023, but no release information has been made public yet.
Who Owns The Rights:
Annapurna Pictures and Searchlight Pictures currently have the production rights.
Who Is Attached:
Marielle Heller is attached to screenwrite and direct.
Amy Adams is currently signed on for the lead role.
Scoot McNairy, Mary Holland, Kerry O’Malley, and Ella Thomas have all joined the cast in supporting roles.
It is expected to film in the Los Angeles area in Fall 2022.
After receiving a rating in June 2023 it is likely the film will be released before the end of the year.
Previous mentions on AiLL:
Other Adaptations From This Author:
This is the author’s only full length novel, so there are no other works to be adapted.
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Nightbitch Adaptation: Everything We Know So Far
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