New Line snaps up ‘Wife’

New Line Cinema has acquired “The Astronaut’s Wife” and has put the project on the fast track for its screenwriter Rand Ravitch to make his feature-film directorial debut. The project is expected to go before the cameras this fall.

“The Astronaut’s Wife” is a psychological horror movie in the vein of “Rosemary’s Baby,” about a woman in her late 20s-early 30s who becomes embroiled in a mystery after her astronaut husband suffers an accident and retires as a hero from the space program. Andrew Lazar will produce the picture through his Mad Chance Prods.

Ravitch has stepped behind the cameras before with the short film “Oink,” which premiered at Sundance in 1995.

New Line’s Michael DeLuca nabbed the property after several other studios were also interested in the property, including Columbia Pictures. New Line Cinema exec Brian Whitten and Donna Langley will oversee the project.

Lazar and Ravitch have a relationship with New Line, having previously set up the action-comedy “Godforsaken” (which Ravitch wrote). That project is currently out to directors.

The deal at New Line comes about a week after the writer sold “Wrath” to Warner Bros. with Lazar producing (Daily Variety, May 16). Lazar has a first-look deal at Warner Bros.

CAA’s David Styne and Joe Rosenberg repped Ravitch with attorney Carlos Goodman.

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