×

Lange near ‘Midwives’ for ABC

Writers being considered

ABC, Columbia and Craig Anderson Prods. are putting the finishing touches on a deal with Jessica Lange and director Glenn Jordan to produce a telepic adaptation of Chris Bohjalian’s novel “Midwives.”

A writer is not yet attached, but Bohjalian’s agent Ken Neisser says a “prestigious list of writers is currently being considered.” Jordan’s credits include HBO’s “Barbarians at the Gate” and CBS’ adaptation of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” starring Lange.

“Midwives,” originally published by Harmony Books, is due out in July from Vintage Books. It’s the story of a midwife from a small Vermont village who faces the nightmare of having to choose a baby’s survival over that of a mother’s — and is then charged with murder.

“This deal has taken well over a year to come together, but it’s the kind of story — and Chris is the kind of author — that makes people want to work hard to make it happen,” Neisser told Daily Variety.

The telepic is expected to be part of ABC exec VP of movies and miniseries Susan Lyne’s new programming slate for the web. Lyne is currently working with both Columbia TriStar senior veepee Helen Verno and veepee of movies and miniseries Winifred White Neisser to complete the deal.

A previous Bohjalian work, “Past the Bleachers,” became a Hallmark production, and another work, “The Law of Similars” will be published by Harmony in February 1999.

Terms of the deal could not be confirmed.

More Film

  • President of the Jury, Mexican director

    Cannes Film Festival 2019 Winners Announced (Updating Live)

    CANNES — The awards show for the 2019 Cannes Film Festival competition is underway. Jury president Alejandro González Iñárritu presided over a jury that included French author-artist-director Enki Bilal, French director Robin Campillo, Senegalese actress-director Maimouna N’Diaye, American actress Elle Fanning, Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, Polish director Paweł Pawlikowski, American director Kelly Reichardt, and Italian [...]

  • Invisible Life Brazilian Cinema

    Cannes Film Review: 'The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão'

    A “tropical melodrama” is how the marketing materials bill “The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão.” If that sounds about the most high-camp subgenre ever devised, Karim Aïnouz’s ravishing period saga lives up to the description — high emotion articulated with utmost sincerity and heady stylistic excess, all in the perspiring environs of midcentury Rio de [...]

  • Best Movies of Cannes 2019

    The 10 Best Movies of Cannes 2019

    The Cannes Film Festival is too rich an event to have an “off” year, but by the end of the 72nd edition, it was more or less universally agreed upon that the festival had regained a full-on, holy-moutaintop-of-art luster that was lacking the year before. It helps, of course, to have headline-making movies by iconic [...]

  • Aladdin

    'Aladdin' Soaring to $100 Million-Plus Memorial Day Weekend Debut

    Disney’s live-action “Aladdin” remake is on its way to a commendable Memorial Day weekend debut with an estimated $109 million over the four-day period. The musical fantasy starring Will Smith and Mena Massoud should uncover about $87 million in its first three days from 4,476 North American theaters after taking in $31 million on Friday. [...]

  • 180423_A24_Day_03B_0897.jpg

    Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe's The Lighthouse' Wins Cannes Critics' Award

    Robert Eggers’ “The Lighthouse,” with Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, won the Cannes Film Festival critics’ award for best first or second feature in Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week, one of the first prizes for which “The Lighthouse” has been eligible at Cannes. The award was announced Saturday in Cannes by the Intl. Federation of [...]

  • promenade Cannes Croisette Cannes Placeholder

    Cannes Market Claims Record Visitor Numbers

    The Cannes Market, the Cannes Film Festival’s commercial wing, says that its 2019 edition welcomed a record number of participants. It reported 12,527 attendees. The largest group by nationality was from the U.S. with 2,264 participants, followed by France with 1,943 participants, and the U.K. 1,145. Comparable figures for 2018 were not available. The number [...]

  • Editorial use only. No book cover

    'Alien' at 40: Ridley Scott Explains Why 'You Don't Show the Monster Too Many Times'

    It’s difficult to imagine Ridley Scott’s sci-fi/horror classic “Alien” without the clear-minded, strong presence of Tom Skerritt as Dallas, the captain of the ill-fated Nostromo. But originally, the actor turned down “Alien,” which celebrates its 40th anniversary on May 25, though he thought Dan O’Bannon’s script read well. “There was nobody involved at the time [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content