Fox Searchlight has recently announced that it has required worldwide rights to the film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s 2013 memoir Wild: Lost and Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. According to Deadline, Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon is set to produce and star in the project as a woman who goes on a 1,100 solo hike in the wake of personal tragedy that includes the death of her mother and her failed marriage.
“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. We are thrilled to collaborate with them on Wild.”
It’s been reported that Strayed sent a copy of her memoir to Witherspoon herself, attaching a note that said, “I can’t imagine who else would do this.” Last fall, Oscar-nominated writer Nick Hornby jumped on board to adapt the memoir. A director isn’t attached yet but an official announcement will be made within the next couple of months. At one point, The Kids Are All Right director Lisa Cholodenko was attached to direct but had to back out due to scheduling conflicts.
Filming is set to begin this fall for a 2014 release.