Director Jean-Marc Vallée reportedly has signed on to helm the upcoming big screen adaptation of the novel “Wild,” according to Deadline. The project has already gained Reese Witherspoon to star in the film based on Cheryl Strayed bestselling memoir of the same name. Oscar-nominated writer Nick Hornby will provide the adapted screenplay.
With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, 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 be produced by Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea through Pacific Standard alongside River Road Entertainment’s Bill Pohlad. Wild comes from Fox Searchlight.
Vallée has received wide critical acclaim for his work. His debut feature, Black List (1995), was nominated for nine Genie Awards, including nods for Vallée’s direction and editing. His fourth feature film, C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005), received further critical acclaim and was a financial success. It dominated both the Genie and Jutra Awards, winning awards for Best Film and Best Director at both. His followup, The Young Victoria (2009), garnered strong reviews and received three Academy Award nominations, while his sixth film, Café de Flore (2011), was the most nominated film at the 32nd Genie Awards. Vallée recently finished up his work on the The Dallas Buyer’s Club which hits theaters December 6.