Amy Baer will produce the adaptation of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s debut novel
“Fifty Shades of Grey” star Dakota Johnson is attached to star in Gidden Media and Good Universe’s adaptation of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s acclaimed debut novel “Forever, Interrupted: A Novel,” the companies announced Thursday.
Amy Baer will produce through her company Gidden Media. Johnson will executive produce alongside Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake of Good Universe, as well as John Middleton and Roy Lee. Erin Westerman will oversee the project on behalf of Good Universe.
“Forever, Interrupted” tells the story of a young woman who elopes after a whirlwind romance and then must face the sudden death of her adoring husband. She must come to terms with his loss while forming an unlikely relationship with his mother — who didn’t know she existed.
“Taylor’s book is exquisitely written and heart-wrenchingly honest. Great romantic-drama is so hard to execute, and Taylor nailed it. And Dakota will be exquisite as Elsie, who has to deal with the sudden loss of a great love. She is a deeply thoughtful, sensitive and smart woman and actress,” said Baer.
“We’re thrilled that Dakota has come on board as a partner in the film, not only starring, but also taking an active role behind the camera in helping us shape the film,” added Kahane.
Johnson recently wrapped Scott Cooper’s “Black Mass” opposite Johnny Depp and will next be seen starring opposite Jamie Dornan in Sam Taylor Johnson’s “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which hits theaters on Valentine’s Day. She’s repped by WME and Management 360.
“Forever, Interrupted: A Novel” was first published in July 2013 by Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Jenkins Reid’s latest book, “After I Do: A Novel,” was published by Washington Square Press and went on sale July 1.
Rich Green of Resolution negotiated the book rights on behalf of Carly Watters of P.S. Literary. Jenkins Reid is repped by Brad Mendelsohn of Circle of Confusion. Peter Sample of Jackoway, Tyerman negotiated the book rights on behalf of Gidden Media and Good Universe.