The screen rights to Kim Wozencraft’s forthcoming novel “Notes From the Country Club” have been acquired in a joint bid involving Propaganda Films, producer Wallis Nicita and Demi Moore’s Rufglen Prods.
The book, to be published by Houghton Mifflin in September, centers on a woman who killed her physically abusive husband.
While the state determines her mental competency to stand trial, she’s put into a prison psychiatric ward.
Wozencraft’s ICM rep Irene Webb said the deal was in the “mid-six-figure range.” Among those who pursued the rights were Lili Fini Zanuck, who filmed Wozencraft’s “Rush,” and Lynda Obst.
One of the key elements of the deal involved the author writing the first-draft screenplay. It was unclear whether the fee for Wozencraft’s screenwriting duties was included in the basic rights package.
Zanuck said her initial interest was based on the power of the material but that she and Wozencraft could not see eye-to-eye on how it should be translated for the screen.
Nicita and former partner Lauren Lloyd attached Moore and partner Susanne Todd to the project before
completing the package with Propaganda’s involvement. They and Steve Golin and Joni Sighvatsson of Propaganda will get producing credits.
Sighvatsson said he expects Wozencraft will begin writing the script in August. The $ 15 million-$ 20 million film is being financed via Propaganda’s deal with Polygram and will likely be distributed by Gramercy or Universal Pictures.