Searchlight Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to a hot horror project titled Nightbitch, Deadline reports today, reportedly spending $25+ million in a competitive situation.

Annapurna’s “darkly comic horror film” stars Academy Award nominee Amy Adams (The Woman in the Window), with Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) directing.

Deadline details, “Nightbitch tells the story of a woman thrown into the stay-at-home routine of raising a toddler in the suburbs, who slowly embraces the feral power deeply rooted in motherhood, as she becomes increasingly aware of the bizarre and undeniable signs that she may be turning into a canine.”

The movie is based on Rachel Yoder’s novel, and Yoder penned the screenplay.

Deadline notes, “The film will stream on Disney’s DTC platforms as a Hulu Original in the U.S., with additional release plans to be announced at a later date.”

“Rachel Yoder’s book took my breath away. I haven’t felt this way about [a] book since I read The Diary of a Teenage Girl many years ago,” Heller said in a statement. “Rachel’s darkly hilarious tale of motherhood and rage made me feel seen. And adapting it with Amy Adams in mind has been the thing that has kept me going through the pandemic. I am so thrilled to be bringing this movie to life with wonderful partners in Anne Carey, Annapurna Pictures, and Searchlight. It is a dream come true.”

Amy Adams will also be producing Nightbitch.

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