As we reported over the summer, Lionsgate has been 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 was replaced by Bille Woodruff, who is set to direct the film, as wd reported over the summer.
The lead role – the sex-adicted businewoman, hasn’t been cast yet; you’ll remember that we said Nia Long and Tasha Smith were in consideration as the lead, and her therapist respectively.
Again, these were UNCONFIRMED, so we can’t say with certainty that both ladies are anywhere close to this. Projects get passed around, and it could be that there was interest in either direction, and nothing more; and when the final cast is finally officially revealed, the starring actresses would be a completely different duo.
But what I can say with certainty is that Boris Kodjoe has signed on to star, although it’s not yet public info what role exactly he’ll be playing in the film. Those who’ve read the novel can speculate.
Production was scheduled to start this summer, but that obviouslt didn’t happen.
Zane is of course no stranger to screen adaptations of her work. Remember Zane’s Sex Chronicles on Cinemax?