Amazon Studios, Nicole Kidman Acquire Rights to ‘The Female Persuasion’

Kidman’s production label will adapt Meg Wolitzer’s acclaimed novel on sexual harassment

Last Updated: September 26, 2018 @ 12:41 PM

Amazon Studios has acquired the rights to Meg Wolitzer’s novel, “The Female Persuasion,” with Nicole Kidman producing, TheWrap has learned.

Kidman will produce the film adaptation through her Blossom Films production banner, which recently signed a first-look deal with Amazon. Lynda Obst and Per Saari will also produce, with “This Is Us” showrunners Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger attached as screenwriters and executive producers.

“The Female Persuasion” will be a topical film, as it follows a college student named Greer Kadetsky who is groped by a serial abuser at a party and speaks out, only for her university to not take action. It will be the second film by Wolitzer to be adapted into a feature film, following the Glenn Close/Jonathan Pryce drama “The Wife,” which was released by Sony Pictures Classics last month.

The deal also comes amidst a period of major change for Amazon Studios, as Julie Rapaport was also promoted Wednesday by studio head Jennifer Salke to co-head of the film division, with particular aim on developing films with mass appeal as opposed to the studio’s previous focus on arthouse films like “Manchester By The Sea” and “The Big Sick”.

The acquisition was first reported by Variety.