The Where the Crawdads Sing movie adaptation is definitely underway, though details on the project have been scant so far. Here’s what we know about the film adaptation of this bestselling book:
What’s it about?
Where the Crawdads Sing is the fictional story of Kya, a girl who grows up in a shack in the marshlands of North Carolina. Though she is an outsider, through a number of personal struggles and difficulties Kya manages to survive and create a life for herself. However, when the body of a local hotshot is discovered, Kya becomes the prime suspect.
It’s a coming of age story entwined with a crime drama, and it tells a tale about resilience, survival and hope.
After its release on August 18, 2018, Reese Witherspoon chose the book as her book club selection for September 2018, which gave it a boost in visibility. The inclusion in Reese’s Book Club launched it to the top of the bestseller lists. As of March 2019, Where the Crawdads Sing has sold over 1.5 million copies.
What format will the adaptation be?
It’s planned as a feature movie.
Who’s behind it?
Fox 2000 owns the film rights for Where the Crawdads Sing. Hello Sunshine’s Reese Witherspoon along with Lauren Levy Neustadter are producing the film version of Where the Crawdads Sing. The project is being overseen by Fox 2000’s Elizabeth Gabler (and Erin Siminoff) who has commented about the adaptation:
“I knew and loved Delia’s writing so when I saw that Reese’s Book Club was recommending her new book, I started reading it right away. It is absolutely exquisite, so I immediately reached out to Reese and Lauren and said I wanted to bring it to life on film alongside them. We at Fox 2000 have an incredible synergy with Reese, Lauren and their team at Hello Sunshine, and I am elated that we can once again be partners in the creation of yet another extraordinary film from an outstanding literary property.”
What’s the status of the Where the Crawdads Sing adaptation?
As of May 2019, Delia Owens has confirmed that there is a screenwriter (or possibly screenwriters, plural) working on a screenplay, but stated that she wasn’t at liberty to divulge who it was. Owens’s exact comments:
“They’ve already started—they’re working on the screenplay now. I don’t think I can say who the screenwriter is. I love the way Reese has adapted other books into movies. They stay with the story of the novel, and I hope that happens for this one.”
The project is still in its early stages, but Delia Owens has noted that she’s made multiple trips to Los Angeles as part of the development process for the film adaptation. As of September 27, 2019, Owens has also stated that the screenwriter is almost finished with the first draft of the screenplay.
— G. P. Putnam's Sons (@PutnamBooks) March 14, 2019
Who’s in the cast?
No casting details have been released yet.
When will it be released?
Currently unknown. Still too early.
Is there a trailer or teaser available?
Not yet! Stay tuned.
Where The Crawdads Sing Movie Development Timeline
August 14, 2018 Where The Crawdads Sing (novel) is released.
September 1, 2018 Where The Crawdads Sing is chosen for Reese Witherspoon’s September 2018 Book Club pick.
December 7, 2018 Deadline reports that Fox 2000 has picked up the movie rights for Where the Crawdads Sing and that Reese Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine (her production company) will be producing it.
March 14, 2019 G. Putnam and Sons (book publisher) notes via twitter that Delia Owens has met with Reese Witherspoon about the movie plans.
May 1, 2019 Delia Owens notes in an interview that a screenwriter is currently working on a script.
September 27, 2019 Delia Owens notes in an interview that the screenwriter has “almost completed the first draft of the screenplay”.