Bold Films is developing the thriller “The Edge of Normal” as a movie after outbidding several other potential buyers for Matt Venne’s script, Variety has learned exclusively.
The project, based on Carla Norton’s 2013 novel, is being produced by Bold’s Michel Litvak, Matthew Rhodes and Lisa Zambri, along with Industry Entertainment’s Andrew Deane. Bold’s Gary Michael Walters will executive produce, along with Industry’s Ava Jamshidi.
“The Edge of Normal” tells the story of a woman who escaped captivity from a sadistic sexual predator when she was a teenager. Ten years later, she remains haunted by her memories as she struggles to pull her life together. She finds ultimately herself drawn into a deadly cat-and-mouse game with a clever psychopath who seems to know her every move.
“This edge-of-the-seat thriller has the potential to be a razor sharp classic in the vein of ‘Silence of the Lambs,'” Bold chairman Litvak said. “We are excited to find a filmmaker to come aboard to bring this gripping material to life.”
Norton also wrote the non-fiction book “Perfect Victim: The True Story of the Girl in the Box,” about a 20-year-old Oregon woman enslaved by a sexual sadist for seven years. “The Edge of Normal” is her debut fiction novel, and its sequel, “What Doesn’t Kill Her,” will be published this summer by Minotaur Books.
Venne recently developed and sold “The Devils’ Advocate” series to Warner Bros. and NBC, with John Wells and Arnold Kopelson producing.
Bold produced “Nightcrawler,” “Whiplash” and the upcoming “No Escape,” starring Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell. It’s also co-financing Nicolas Winding Refn’s “The Neon Demon” and recently wrapped on Ric Roman Waugh’s thriller “Shot Caller,” starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Omari Hardwick and Bell.
Venne is represented by APA, Industry Entertainment and Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson and Binder. Norton is repped by APA and Liza Dawson Associates. Karen Barna handled negotiations for Bold. Industry Entertainment was repped by attorney David Evans.