Reese Witherspoon is adapting Where The Crawdad Sings for the big screen

Dusty Baxter-Wright
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Photo credit: Daniele Venturelli
Photo credit: Daniele Venturelli

From Red Online

Reese Witherspoon, who is behind some of the best TV adaptations of recent times, is turning her attention to bestseller Where The Crawdads Sings.

The actress-turned-producer, who most recently worked on Big Little Lies and Little Fires Everywhere, has acquired the rights to develop Delia Owen's murder mystery Where The Crawdads Sing into a movie. Exciting!

Released in 2018, the novel not only topped the New York Times bestsellers list and remained Amazon's most popular fiction book throughout 2019, but was also Reese's bookclub pick in September 2018.

Photo credit: Toni Anne Barson - Getty Images
Photo credit: Toni Anne Barson - Getty Images

It tells the story of Kya, a young woman who was forced to raise herself on the North Carolina marshes when her family abandoned her.

As an adult, and now a successful author, Kya is accused of murdering her former boyfriend, a beloved member of the town she now lives in, and must piece together what actually happened.

The Hollywood Reporter say the movie will be "both a crime thriller and a coming-of-age tale that intertwines two timelines" with Olivia Newman, who wrote and directed Netflix feature First Match, on as director.


Oscar-nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild scribe Lucy Alibar is writing the script. As of yet, it's unclear whether Reese will star as well as produce, but one thing is for sure: we're excited.

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