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Julia Roberts Will Produce and Star in Film Adaptation of ‘Wife 22’

Julia Roberts Will Produce and Star in Film Adaptation of 'Wife 22'

Julia Roberts is reportedly attached to produce and star in an adaptation of best-selling author Melanie Gideon’s novel “Wife 22.”

Gideon previously wrote three YA novels and a memoir. “Wife 22” marks her first adult-oriented book and was published in 2012. The film adaptation has been in the works since 2014.

Kris Swanberg (“Unexpected”) is writing the script. The story follows “a woman in a midlife crisis who agrees to anonymously participate in a survey about marital happiness, only to experience a reawakening through the power of confessing to the mysterious ‘Researcher 101’ who fields her responses,” according to The Tracking Board. The novel is similar in tone to “Bridget Jones’s Diary” and the events within “unfold through a series of Facebook status updates, Google searches and questionnaires, satirizing the cultural obsession with the internet and the ease with which we reveal things to strangers, but not to those we love.”

Roberts will produce through her Red Om banner with Lisa Gillan, along with Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Liza Chasin for Working Title. Also on board to produce is Amy Baer with Gidden Media, which initially optioned the rights to the novel and commissioned the script.

Roberts will next be seen in Jodie Foster’s “Money Monster” alongside George Clooney, which will most likely premiere at the Cannes Film Festival next month.

[via The Tracking Board]

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