Erica Ferencik’s 2017 thriller novel The River At Night is being adapted into a film over at Miramax, and horror maestro Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel) is attached.
The book, which Roth gushed about to Deadline as “Girls Trip meets Deliverance“, involves a woman named Wini who badly needs a vacation, or at least a change of scenery. Publisher Simon & Schuster describes it as:
“Stifled by a soul-crushing job, devastated by the death of her beloved brother, and lonely after the end of a fifteen-year marriage, Wini is feeling vulnerable. So when her three best friends insist on a high-octane getaway for their annual girls’ trip, she signs on, despite her misgivings.
What starts out as an invigorating hiking and rafting excursion in the remote Allagash Wilderness soon becomes an all-too-real nightmare; a freak accident leaves the women stranded, separating them from their raft and everything they need to survive. When night descends, a fire on the mountainside lures them to a ramshackle camp that appears to be their lifeline. But as Wini and her friends grasp the true intent of their supposed saviors, long buried secrets emerge and lifelong allegiances are put to the test. To survive, Wini must reach beyond the world she knows to harness an inner strength she never knew she possessed.”
The film adaptation will involve Kevin Williamson (Scream), as well as Roth. Williamson and Roth will produce, and Roth is considering directing although no final decision has been made on this matter. Another name being thrown around in the talks on the film is Melanie Toast, who has no writing credits to her name but whose script Shut In is described by Deadline as “a contained thriller that is in serious play.”
Roth has not been shy about his enthusiasm for the project, telling Deadline:
“I’ve always been drawn to these clash of culture movies like Cabin Fever and Hostel, where they go for an adventure and everything turns against them and we see what they’re made of. The book is fun and it’s a smart thriller.”
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