Fans of Cheryl Strayed's memoir "Wild" were already excited for Reese Witherspoon's adaptation of the Oprah-approved book, but there's even more good news on the horizon. Fox Searchlight has picked up worldwide rights to the film, which will star Reese Witherspoon and begin shooting this fall.
Witherspoon is set to play the author, who went on a thousand-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail after the death of her mother. Separated from her husband and at a personal rock bottom that included heroin use, Strayed set out on the solo trek in an attempt to find her way back to herself. Nick Hornby is penning the screenplay.
"We are so excited to be working with Fox Searchlight to bring 'Wild' to the screen," Witherspoon said in a statement. "It is an extraordinary company that continually strives to bring original, inspirational films to the marketplace."
Witherspoon's production company with Bruna Papandrea, Pacific Standard, has been optioning plenty of female-centric books for adaptation since forming in 2012, with "Wild" as one of their first announced projects.
Other books on Pacific Rim's to-do list are "Pennyroyal's Princess Boot Camp" and the very hot property "Gone Girl," by Gillian Flynn. "Wild" and "Gone Girl" made headlines in 2012, with the former kicking off the return of Oprah's Book Club. Ben Affleck is currently in negotiations to co-star in "Gone Girl," which will be directed by David Fincher.