Reese Witherspoon may star in dark comedy

Fox Searchlight has acquired screen rights to Jen Sacks’ “Nice,” which will be developed as a potential star vehicle for Reese Witherspoon.

Ben Queen will adapt the darkly humorous novel. Witherspoon will produce with Keri Selig, Gayla Nethercott and Jennifer Simpson.

The protag is a magazine writer who accidentally kills her boyfriend. She finds a way to get rid of the body and discovers that killing boyfriends is easier than breaking up with them.

Published in 1998, the book was set up at Warner Bros. the following year as a vehicle for Helen Hunt. The studio tried to lighten the tone and the project never quite came together. For Fox Searchlight’s version, Queen will try to maintain the dark, edgy tone of the book.

The Lynn Pleshette Agency brokered the deal.

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