Fox Searchlight Pictures has officially acquired the worldwide rights to Oscar-nominated writer Nick Hornby’s adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s NY Times #1 best-seller “Wild.” The news was announced by Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley. The film is set to star Reese Witherspoon and will be produced by Pacific Standard’s Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea with River Road Entertainment’s Oscar nominated Bill Pohlad.
With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. “Wild” powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.
Wild will begin production in late fall this year once a director is hired to helm the project. It will be overseen by Fox Searchlight Pictures President of Production Claudia Lewis and SVP of Production David Greenbaum.
Witherspoon commented on the new project saying,
“We are so excited to be working with Fox Searchlight to bring ‘Wild’ to the screen. It is an extraordinary company that continually strives to bring original, inspirational films to the marketplace. We are thrilled to collaborate with them on ‘Wild.'”
Utley and Gilula added,
“We have long been huge fans of this visceral, inspirational and moving personal story with such a strong female perspective. It has been a dream of the studio to work with Reese Witherspoon and we are thrilled to be partnered with her, Bruna Papandrea, Bill Pohlad and Nick Hornby.”