Radar Pictures has acquired the feature film and television rights to Allison Pataki’s novel “The Traitor’s Wife: The Woman Behind Benedict Arnold and the Plan to Betray America,” Variety has learned exclusively.
Producers are Ted Field, Mike Weber, Eustace Montgomery Hicks, Aldo La Pietra and Lacy Lynch of Dupree Miller.
“The Traitor’s Wife,” was published by Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. The book centers on Peggy Shippen Arnold, who was born into a Philadelphia family with loyalist tendencies and married Arnold in 1779, shortly before he began conspiring with the British to change sides during the Revolutionary War.
“The Traitor’s Wife” debuted at no. 5 on The New York Times bestseller list. Pataki also wrote “The Accidental Empress” and “Sisi, Empress of Her Own” and recently signed a two-book deal with Random House.
“I was drawn to Radar’s unique vision for developing this salacious love and spy story told from the point of view of a unique female narrator, the Arnold’s maid, who introduces an upstairs/downstairs element,” Pataki said. “With all of the excitement around ‘Hamilton’ and the story of our nation’s founding, we can’t wait to bring this most dramatic moment of the American Revolution to Light from not only the men, but also the women who had a front row seat to shaping it.”
Radar Pictures CEO Ted Field said, “We are excited to partner with Allison to show American history as you’ve never seen it. The Traitor’s Wife is a fascinating look at how a young woman became a powerful player in the fate of America.”
Radar Pictures’ is in post production on “High Wire Act,” starring Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike, and in production on “Jumanji,” starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black. Variety reported Tuesday that Field has signed a production and programming deal with industry veteran Rodney Henry aimed at boosting minority and female participation.
Pataki is represented by Lucy Stille of APA who co-brokered the deal with Lynch of Dupree Miller.