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[Movies] Nick Hornby Writing Film Version of Cheryl Strayed Book Wild
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 11.29.2012



Deadline reports that writer Nick Hornby, the author of the books High Fidelity and About a Boy, has signed on to develop a feature screenplay for the Cheryl Strayed book, Wild.

Reese Witherspoon is set to produce the movie through her company Pacific Standard and is likely to star as well. Here is the official synopsis for the book:

"A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again. At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she'd lost everything when her mother died young of cancer. Her family scattered in their grief, her marriage was soon destroyed, and slowly her life spun out of control. Four years after her mother's death, with nothing more to lose, Strayed made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker--indeed, she'd never gone backpacking before her first night on the trail. Her trek was little more than "an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise." But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone. Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and intense loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

Bruna Papandrea and Bill Pohlad will work alongside Witherspoon as producers.





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