Berlinger will produce the film along with Elizabeth Fowler (“Devil’s Knot”).
Fabrication Films will be selling the $5 million project at Cannes. Production is set to begin later this year in and around New York City.
The movie is based on Julie Salamon’s book “Facing the Wind: A True Story of Tragedy and Reconciliation,” which recounts the story of Bob Rowe, a New York lawyer and model husband who killed his wife and three children in 1978 — leading to his subsequent search for redemption after avoiding a prison sentence by pleading the insanity defense at trial.
Farmiga is attached to play Rowe’s first wife, who was killed. Wood plays his second wife, with whom he starts a new life after the trial.
Rita Wilson and Jennifer Beals are also attached for supporting roles.
Berlinger is best known for documentaries such as “Whitey: United States of Amerca v. James J. Bulger,” to be released in June by Magnolia Pictures; “Some Kind of Monster,” “Crude” and “Under African Skies.” He was nominated for a documentary Oscar for 2011’s “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory.”
“My documentary work is known for transcending sensational subjects to tell compelling human dramas that raise many complex questions about human relationships and behavior,” Berlinger said. “I am so honored to collaborate with this exciting cast who will excel at creating a multi-layered feature film that tackles age-old questions of guilt and redemption, retribution and forgiveness in a fresh and dramatically compelling manner.”
The script, written by Richard Stratton, structures the story of the killings around the present-day interrogation of Rowe’s widow Colleen.
Berlinger is repped by CAA and produces through RadicalMedia.
The news was first reported by The Wrap.