Universal Pictures has acquired Don Winston’s spec script “Our Family Troubles” and will develop the drama as a starring vehicle for Reese Witherspoon.
Witherspoon and her Type A Films partner Jennifer Simpson will produce.
Drama, which will get a new title, casts Witherspoon as a first-time mother so plagued by unexplained phenomena that she doubts her own sanity. When she returns to her Tennessee home, she fixates on the legend of the Bell Witch and becomes convinced the evil spirit is intent on harming her son.
U senior veep Holly Bario will oversee the film.
U-based Type A, which earned its first credit on “Legally Blonde 2,” is in pre-production on modern-day fairy tale “Penelope.” Company also is developing thriller “The Reckoning.”
Witherspoon is Golden Globe-nominated for her portrayal of June Carter in the Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line.”