Reese Witherspoon Will Adapt Bestseller 'Where the Crawdads Sing' Into A Movie

Reese Witherspoon Will Adapt Bestseller 'Where the Crawdads Sing' Into A Movie

A month after the book came out, the 44-year-old artist featured it on her Reese's Book Club in 2018.

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Delia Owens' debut novel Where the Crawdads Sing is being adapted into a movie and Reese Witherspoon is all set to produce it. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film version will be directed by Olivia Newman, the writer, and director of Netflix's First Match. A month after the book came out, the 44-year-old actress featured it on her Reese's Book Club in 2018. So, every month Witherspoon chooses one book she loves "with a woman at the center of the story" and then shares it with her book club. I’m not even sure I can express in words how much I love this book." When @reesewitherspoon gives THIS glowing of a review, you know it’s a gonna be a good one! Our September book pick for #ReesesBookClub is #WhereTheCrawdadsSing by @authordeliaowens. Read along with us at @reesesbookclubxhellosunshine! read the caption of a post on Hello Sunshine's Instagram account. 


Where the Crawdads Sing follows the story of a young girl named Kya who sets out to live among the marsh in North Carolina by herself after being abandoned by her own family. In due course of this journey, she learns to fend for herself, teaches herself about nature instead of going to schools, and takes reading lessons from a boy in the locality who goes on to become her first love. Kya's brilliant understanding of the environment she was surrounded by as she grew up helps her become the best-selling author of nature almanacs. The second timeline of the book shows Kya's life after she has become a respected author. Kya, who generally keeps to herself finds herself in love with the town's golden boy. Unfortunately, she later gets accused of his murder and is faced with a trial. Thus, the story has a "crime thriller" and "coming-of-age" theme intertwined by two timelines. 


The novel immediately resonated with many and sold more than four and a half million copies in just a year and a half. It became The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2019 and 2020, ever since it was published. The book managed to remain Amazon's top-selling fiction book in 2019, despite the fact that it was a 70-year-old scientist's debut novel and it "didn’t fit neatly into any genre," according to a report by New York Times. "This book has defied the new laws of gravity," said Peter Hildick-Smith. "It’s managed to hold its position in a much more consistent way than just about anything," continued the president of the Codex Group, which analyzes the book industry. 


Owens' novel blew away the "combined print sales of new novels by John Grisham, Margaret Atwood, and Stephen King," by the end of 2019. It was a shock even for the author who had previously published works chronicled years of her life she spent in valleys and deserts of Botswana and Zambia. Here she studied hyenas, elephants, and lions. "I have never connected with people the way I have with my readers," she said during an interview about the unexpected and overwhelming response. "I wasn’t expecting that."


Lauren Neustadter is also said to be producing the movie alongside Witherspoon under their Hello Sunshine banner for 3000 Pictures. Lucy Alibar, the Oscar-nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild will pen the script for the movie. This project is a major deal for Newman who had a budget of just a little over $1 million for her feature debut First Match, the 2018 streaming sports drama. The story followed a Brooklyn girl in her teen years who decides to join the boys' wrestling team. According to Hollywood Reporter, the drama bagged the  Audience Award for best narrative feature film and the LUNA Gamechanger Award for best female director of a first feature.

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