The Marsh King’s Daughter adaptation, based on the book by Karen Dionne, is going to be a fun one for thriller fans. The book has been lauded by some thriller queen authors like Karin Slaughter and Megan Abbott, which makes anticipation for the movie very high.
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This page was updated: 11/5/23
About The Book:
The mesmerizing tale of a woman who must risk everything to hunt down the dangerous man who shaped her past and threatens to steal her future: her father. Helena Pelletier has a loving husband, two beautiful daughters, and a business that fills her days. But she also has a secret: she is the product of an abduction. Her mother was kidnapped as a teenager by her father and kept in a remote cabin in the marshlands of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Helena, born two years after the abduction, loved her home in nature, and despite her father’s sometimes brutal behavior, she loved him, too…until she learned precisely how savage he could be.
More than twenty years later, she has buried her past so soundly that even her husband doesn’t know the truth. But now her father has killed two guards, escaped from prison, and disappeared into the marsh. The police begin a manhunt, but Helena knows they don’t stand a chance. Knows that only one person has the skills to find the survivalist the world calls the Marsh King–because only one person was ever trained by him: his daughter.
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Current Production Status:
Completed and available in a limited theatrical release.
The Marsh King’s Daughter Adaptation Timeline:
The book, written by Karen Dionne, was released in June 2017. Nearly a year later in February 2018 the adaptation was announced with a screenwriter, director, and Alicia Vikander to star. It was set to start filming in July 2019 but after that was delayed there was no news until February 2021. A new director was announced with Daisy Ridley joining to star. Filming began in June 2021 and wrapped in August. The film has been in post-production since, and in April 2022 it was revealed that Adam Janota Bzowski was composing the score.
In July 2023 the author of the book replied to a tweet saying she knew an announcement would be coming but not exactly when.
I’m right there with you, Annette! I know an announcement is coming, but I don’t know when. Thanks so much for asking, and hopefully, we’ll hear something soon! https://t.co/jhLWlFgAIk
— Karen Dionne (@KarenDionne) July 10, 2023
The next month the first trailer was released along with an October 6th theater release date announcement.
In early Fall the release date was pushed back to November 3rd in order to put distance between it and the release of Taylor Swift’s concert film.
Where Can I Watch The Movie?
The movie is currently available to watch in theaters.
Who Owns The Rights:
STX Films, Black Bear Pictures, and Amazon Studios co-produced the movie with Amazon also having distribution rights for Prime Video.
Lionsgate joined in 2023 and is leading theatrical distribution.
Who Is Attached:
Daisy Ridley, Ben Mendelsohn, and Garrett Hedlund have all be added to the cast.
Filming occurred in various places around Ontario, Canada.
The film will be released in theaters on November 3rd, 2023.
Previous mentions on AiLL:
You can find this book in the 12 Fall Book Club Picks as well as the full 2023 Books To Screen Adaptations Masterlist
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