The movie adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir “Wild” has found a studio and will begin filming this fall.
Fox Searchlight Pictures will bring the movie to the big screen and producer and star Reese Witherspoon called it an “extraordinary company that continually strives to bring original, inspirational films to the marketplace.”
“We are so excited to be working with Fox Searchlight to bring Wild to the screen,” the actress said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Searchlight presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula said in a statement of their own, “We have long been huge fans of this visceral, inspirational and moving personal story with such a strong female perspective. It has been a dream of the studio to work with Reese Witherspoon and we are thrilled to be partnered with her, Bruna Papandrea, Bill Pohlad and Nick Hornby.”
As mentioned by the studio, “About A Boy” and "An Education" screenwriter Nick Hornby is penning the script for the film. The project has yet to secure a director.
Strayed wrote of the announcement on her Facebook page, "I'm thrilled about this news!"
Witherspoon won an Oscar for her role as June Carter Cash in the 2005 film "Walk the Line" and recently starred in the 2012 movie "Mud" and the 2011 film "Water for Elephants," which was based on the bestselling novel by Sara Gruen.
Strayed’s book follows her journey as she decides to hike the Pacific Crest Trail after her divorce and the death of her mother. The book was originally released in March of 2012 and was later chosen as a selection for Oprah Winfrey's book club. It's still at number 6 on the New York Times combined print and e-book nonfiction bestseller list more than a year after its publication.