The Woman in the Window movie has been delayed, but is on track to be released in 2020. Here’s what we know about the Amy Adams-starring feature film:
What’s it about?
The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn a thriller about a woman who believes she sees a crime being committed through the window in a house across the way.
As a novel, The Woman in the Window was a surprise hit with a huge bidding war among the publishing houses for the manuscript. It was released on January 2, 2018 and hit the bestseller charts immediately.
Since then, however, there’s been a fair amount of controversy about the author, A.J. Finn, which is a pseudonym for Dan Mallory, who is a former book editor for Little Brown. The New Yorker published an exposé on the author, including tantalizingly gossipy tidbits like the allegation that the lied about having brain cancer and that he uses a fake British accent when he talks.
By the time most of this stuff came into general public knowledge though, the movie was already well underway by then.
What format will it be? Will the Woman in the Window adaptation be a Movie or a Series?
It’s planned as a feature movie.
Who’s behind it?
In August 2020, it was reported that Netflix has acquired the rights to the Woman in the Window movie to stream on its service.
Fox 2000 obtained the rights to the movie before the rights to the book had even been secured, back in September 2016. The book wasn’t released until January 2018. However, with the 21st Century Fox sale to Disney in 2019, the rights (along with all other 20th Century Fox assets) now belong to Disney.
Joe Wright is the director for The Woman in the Window movie adaptation. He previously directed other movies and book adaptations such as Anna Karenina (2012), Atonement (2007), Pride & Prejudice (2005), and Darkest Hour (2017).
The writer of the screenplay is credited as Tracy Letts, who also wrote the screenplay for August: Osage County, which had two Oscar nominations.
Who’s in the cast?
Amy Adams stars as Anna Fox, the main protagonist of the story. Other cast members:
Anthony Mackie as Ed Fox (Anna’s estranged husband)
Mariah Bozeman as Olivia Fox (Anna’s daughter)
Juliane Moore as Jane Russell (the neighbor)
Gary Oldman as Alistair Russell (the neighbor)
Fred Hechinger as Ethan Russell (the neighbor’s son)
Wyatt Russell as David (the subletter)
Brian Tyree Henry as Detective Little
See the full cast list on IMDB.
When will it be released?
Currently Unknown, now that Netflix has acquired it.
The movie has a release date of May 15, 2020. Originally, the movie had a release date of October 4, 2019, but the date was pushed back. Test audiences apparently were confused by the original cut of the film. They’ll be doing reshoots and re-cutting it.
The film was originally a Fox 2000 property, but now is a Disney property due to their acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Disney has been reviewing and retooling their new acquisitions, and it looks like this was one they wanted to make some changes on.
Is there a trailer or teaser available?
The trailer for The Woman in the Window is below!
The Woman in the Window Movie Development Timeline
September 9, 2016 Fox 2000 buys the film rights for The Woman in the Window, in advance of the book’s publication. (The auction for the rights to the book were still underway at this time.)
January 2, 2018 The Woman in the Window (novel) is released.
April 25, 2018 Amy Adams joins the cast of The Woman in the Window’s film adaptation as the lead character of Anna Fox.
June 27, 2018 The Woman in the Window Movie adaptation gets a release date of October 4, 2019.
July 13, 2018 Wyatt Russell joins the cast of The Woman in the Window as David (the subletter).
July 25, 2018 Brian Tyree Henry joins the cast of The Woman in the Window as Detective Little.
March 20, 2019 Disney acquires 21st Century Fox (including the Fox 2000 label which owns The Woman in the Window film rights).
July 10, 2019 Test audiences report that the Woman in the Window movie is confusing, resulting in the movie being delayed until 2020.
December 19, 2019 Trailer for The Woman in the Window is released
May 15, 2020 Release Date for The Woman in the Window (film) (now cancelled)
August 4, 2020 Netflix to acquire The Woman in the Window from Disney