Two years have gone by since Amy Adams signed on to star in Nightbitch, a project that has been described as being a darkly comic “neo-horror” movie. Now Nightbitch is gearing up to head into production, and Variety reports that Adams is being joined in the cast by Scoot McNairy (Monsters).
Written and directed by Marielle Heller (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Nightbitch is based on a novel by Rachel Yoder. The film will tell the story of
a suburban mom thrown into the stay-at-home routine of raising a toddler. As she embraces the feral power deeply rooted in motherhood, she becomes increasingly aware of the bizarre and undeniable signs that she may be turning into a dog.
Adams will be playing that possibly canine housewife, while McNairy takes on the role of her “oft-traveling husband”.
Coming to us from Searchlight Pictures and Annapurna, Nightbitch is being produced by Heller, Adams, Megan Ellison, Anne Carey, Stacy O’Neil, Christina Oh, Adam Paulsen, and Sue Naegle. Sammy Scher and Havilah Brewster serve as executive producers.
Yoder’s novel (pick up a copy HERE) has the following description:
One day, the mother was a mother, but then one night, she was quite suddenly something else…
An ambitious mother puts her art career on hold to stay at home with her newborn son, but the experience does not match her imagination. Two years later, she steps into the bathroom for a break from her toddler’s demands, only to discover a dense patch of hair on the back of her neck. In the mirror, her canines suddenly look sharper than she remembers. Her husband, who travels for work five days a week, casually dismisses her fears from faraway hotel rooms.
As the mother’s symptoms intensify, and her temptation to give in to her new dog impulses peak, she struggles to keep her alter-canine-identity secret. Seeking a cure at the library, she discovers the mysterious academic tome which becomes her bible, A Field Guide to Magical Women: A Mythical Ethnography, and meets a group of mommies involved in a multilevel-marketing scheme who may also be more than what they seem.
An outrageously original novel of ideas about art, power, and womanhood wrapped in a satirical fairy tale, Nightbitch will make you want to howl in laughter and recognition. And you should. You should howl as much as you want.
Nightbitch will be streaming on Hulu as a Hulu Original in the United States. A release date has not yet been announced.
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