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Lionsgate Prepping Big Screen Adaptation Of Zane’s ‘Addicted’ (Who Should Star & Direct?)

Lionsgate Prepping Big Screen Adaptation Of Zane's 'Addicted' (Who Should Star & Direct?)

In case you didn't get the memo, Lionsgate is prepping a big screen adaptation of erotic fiction writer Zane's popular novel Addicted, which follows the trials and tribulations of a successful sex-addicted African American businesswoman.

Here's the proper synopsis:

For Zoe Reynard, finding the pleasure she wants, the way she wants it, is not worth the risk of losing everything she has: marriage to the man she has loved since childhood, a thriving company, three wonderful children. But Zoe feels helpless in the grip of an overpowering addiction…to sex. Finding a compassionate woman therapist to help her, Zoe finally summons the courage to tell her torrid story, a tale of guilt and desire as shocking as it is compelling. From the sensitive artist with whom she spends stolen hours on rumpled sheets to the rough and violent man who draws her toward destruction, Zoe is a woman desperately searching for fulfillment — and something darker, deeper, and perhaps deadly. As her life spins out of control and her sexual escapades carry her toward a dangerous choice, Zoe is racing against time to uncover the source of her "fatal attraction" — as chilling secrets tumble forth from the recesses of a woman's mind, and perilous temptations lead toward a climax that can threaten her sanity, her marriage… and her life.

The novel is described as a psychological drama; and Lionsgate initially tapped Rosemary Rodriguez (primarily a director of TV shows like L&O:SVU and The Good Wife) to direct Addicted, from a script adaptation initially done by Christina Welsh, with a rewrite by playwright Lucy Thurber.

However, Rodriguez is no long listed as director. So I did some sniffing around, and what I'm hearing is that Bille Woodruff is now attached to direct, with Nia Long and Tasha Smith starring as the lead, and her therapist respectively.

Again, these are UNCONFIRMED, so treat them as such. These projects get passed around, and it could be that there's interest in either direction, and nothing more; and when the final cast is finally officially revealed, the starring actresses, and director, will be a completely different trio.

But what I can say with certainty is that this is a very real project at Lionsgate. It's happening; it's just a matter of who's going to be infront of and behind the camera. Unless the studio eventually kills the project for one reason or another.

Production was scheduled to start this summer, but that hasn't happened… yet.

Zane is of course no stranger to screen adaptations of her work. Remember Zane's Sex Chronicles on Cinemax?

Stay tuned…

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Comments

TIPSTER

Hey, sports fans. A bunch of movie trucks showed up at Georgia State's campus in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. Saw a trailer door labeled "Zoe Reynard" and a piece of paper stuck in a door with "Addicted" splashed across the top. No idea who is playing Zoe but it seems to me that they've found someone and are shooting, but I didn't see a set anywhere so I don't know exactly where they're shooting.

kdgomes

I think those who have not read Zane book should judge her writing or assume her books are like the rest. I have read addicted an it is an amazing book an hope think project makes it an isn't a let down from the book I think is will be a hit if done right

Orville

I don't see the big deal the black romantic comedies are pretty boring and generic. This movie Addicted is like a new genre for black film an erotic thriller. I think Kerry Washington is the obvious choice for Zoe and Jennifer Hudson or Meagan Good could be the therapist. This movie can be really hot and sexy and it should be rated R. There needs to be more range of black sexuality shown and I think Addicted could break down a lot of barriers.

I think Addicted could be like the 2002 film Unfaithful except a black actress is the lead.
This movie role will also be a bit risky for an African American actress but if the script is well written it could also be a huge success.

flychick86

All of the mentioned actresses can be in it. It doesn't matter to me.

Critical Acclaim

I wouldn't be mad at a well made sexy drama like Unfaithful or Fatal Attraction with beautiful brown skin.

NO BRAINER

Lionsgate sure knows how to get into Black people's pockets. Good for them. Hey, whatever works…

ALM

I like Tasha Smith, but no…..I can see Nia in one of the roles, and Kerri Washington would be excellent. Sanaa Lathan is another choice or Anika Noni Rose. Lionsgate will have a challenge adapting this to something that doesn't come off like cheap soft core porn or "Trois 5: The Next Chapter".

Mack

So based on WOW's handy little side-by-side comparison of Harlequin romance vs. Zane bumpology, they are going to have to do a major reinvention of the material to make anything worthwhile of it, unless they want to make something along the lines of a Zalman King softcore porn film. And I don't care what anyone says, there's definitely a hunger audience out there who would be totally down with that, especially with black leads. Then it wouldn't matter what hair models they get to take part as long as they're young and firm and have no hang ups regarding nudity and performing simulated sex scenes.

Question

"Black people screw themselves… scandalous cheating married businesswoman? How original. PIMP MENTALITY in every part of Black centered entertainment. Worthless" vs. "What's the problem with a feature film based on a NY Times bestseller?" DUH to BONDGIRL. In your mind, if the material is based on a NY Times bestseller, regardless of it's subject matter, we should give it a pass and not be concerned with the messages it sends? How many times have we heard "No more comedies" "No more drugs and violence in our films" "no more prostitutes and crackhead roles" "no more maids and white savory films"? So now you're championing a scandalous cheating married black woman?! Is this really the alternative we're searching for? Don't let yourself be played like a pawn. I know some of you guys are "hungry" (that's understandable) but refuse the guts of the pig.

BluTopaz

I have not read any of Zane's novels, and admittedly when I see women reading them on the subway I immediately think 'ewww you let people see you reading that mess?' which i know is judgemental, sue me. But at the risk of sounding all artsy I've seen so many erotic, beautifully done European films and have often thought I'd like to see attractive, sophisticated Black people getting their freak on like that, without us worrying about what White people will think, etc. Others mentioned Kasi Lemmons to direct which I agree, and maybe S. Epatha Merkerson as the therapist (she played Kerry's mom in an indie flick and was fantastic). Can't think who could play Zoe, but GAWD ALMOST ANYONE EXCEPT GABRIELLE /NIA/KERRY. Lkle's Sanaa as Zoe suggestion is good, I could see her playing an undercover freak.

lkle

Nia Long, good choice, Sanaa Lathan should be considered as well.

Orville

Queen Latifah isn't sexy and I doubt she could pull off a performance of a heterosexual woman addicted to straight sex. I think the reason Just Wright bombed a few years ago is nobody believed Queen Laitifah could fall in love with Common she's a nice lady and a good actress but she lacks sex appeal.

Vivica A Fox could be Zoe she hasn't had a good movie role in a long time but I think she or perhaps Viola Davis could do a good job. Meagan Good is a talented actress she could be Zoe or the therapist. KD Aubert is also a good actress but she's not well known I can see her being Zoe too.

Mack

Here's an idea: Why not have the sex addict character, Zoe, be played by a middle-aged actress and the therapist be played by a younger actress? Think of the possibilities it opens up. Everyone is expecting a younger woman to be the sex addict and an older woman to play the therapist. It'll bring a different, and potentially more engrossing, dimension/dynamic to the characters' interaction onscreen. Just a thought. As for casting, I'm not feeling any of the suggestions so far, nor am I terribly enthused about the behind-the-scenes talent. I loved "Pariah" but I don't know if handling material like this is necessarily in Dee Rees' wheelhouse yet. Not to say she couldn't tackle it in the right way, I just don't know if she's the best person to handle the job. Another female director I think could do something great with this is Kasi Lemmons. Julie Dash comes to mind as well. As for the men, Spike Lee is out. "Girl 6". Enough said. We know Steve McQueen is capable of handling this sort of material but he doesn't impress me as the type to revisit the same well film after film. How about Kevin Rodney Sullivan or Carl Franklin? For actresses, I'd love to see someone unexpected play Zoe. How cool would it be to see someone like Kimberly Elise or Viola Davis or Queen Latifah or Sophie Okinedo (SP?) or Regina King or Audra McDonald play a sex addict? As for the therapist, again why not think outside the box? I'd consider the likes of Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, Thandie Newton, and Vanessa Williams (Maxine on Showtime's "Soul Food" series). My dream cast for this would be two powerhouse middle-aged actresses working at the top of their game: Viola Davis as Zoe and Alfre Woodard as the therapist.

Kia

I'm actually interested to see how this develops. It's the direction I'd like to see stories that feature poc, specifically black women, go towards. I agree, enough with the comedies. I do think some of the readers are feeding into a male dominated view and subtle intimidation of anything that has a woman confidently owning her sexual desires. It would be nice if they revised some of the plot (e.g. instead of three kids, maybe just one) to allow this character to have the freedom to explore. Regardless this is a win win: non comedic, huge distributor and possible (if done with artistic prowess) challenging role for the right actress.

bondgirl

Why is there so much bitterness for this project? Did this author refuse to take your phone calls? Nia Long would be great, and I like the suggestion of Dee Rees to direct, though I'd re-think the Tasha Smith angle. What's the problem with a feature film based on a NY Times bestseller?

Julian

Never heard of this one, but Shame did prove you can make a movie focusing on a sex addict into more than just porn. My choice to direct would be Dee Rees, and possibly with Union in one of the prominent roles.

Orville

This project looks promising and I hope it is rated R and not PG 13. This movie can really challenge a black actress to take on a more risky film role. Instead of the tired romantic comedies this movie seems really interesting.
I am not sure if Nia Long or Tasha Smith would be the right choice. I am thinking two young black actresses should be the leads they can reach a wider audience. Kerry Washington should be Zoe and Jennifer Hudson should be the therapist.

Adam Scott Thompson

So it's official: Lionsgate is on a mission to become the UPN of the film industry. Good to know.

WOW

HOT MESS? Could be? Tis already already a whore on the down-low. We have a married woman — with 3 kids — who's spreading her legs (desperately searching for fulfillment, aka, more dick) with whomever and where ever she can. Shiiiiiiit, sex-addicted African American businesswoman my ass, call it what it is… she's nothing but an out-of-control scank who loves to get "handled", licked, sucked & fked by men other than her husband. And c'mom, that's some hot nasty mess. But Zane is the most successful black author on today's scene so this might sell like/as "Think Like A Man"… if you know what I mean?

sandra

This could be a HOT MESS if not handled in a mature and sophisticated matter.

Yolanda

Nia Long would be a good fit for the role! I thought this project had been shelved but with the success of 50 shades I am not surprised that interest has been stirred up again.

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