EXCLUSIVE: Agnieszka Holland is attached to direct The Kind Worth Killing, an adaptation of the Peter Swanson thriller novel for Chockstone Pictures and Nick Wechsler Productions. Paula Mae Schwartz, Steve Schwartz and Wechsler are producing; Roger Schwartz is co-producer. The novel focuses on a particularly ruthless female killer. On a late-night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets fellow passenger Lily Kintner. Thinking he will never see her again, he tells her he’s been thinking about murdering his faithless wife. When they land, Lily tells the guy she wants to help, and they form a strange twisted, bond plotting the wife’s demise. He doesn’t know she has some experience in this kind of thing. The book was published by HarperCollins.
Holland, who’s head of the European Film Academy and has been Oscar nominated for Europe Europa, In Darkness and Angry Harvest, is in post production on Game Count. She said she was “really intrigued by this story. It’s full of paradoxes and I love paradoxes. The main heroine is tough as steel, but also as fragile as glass. Is she a victim? A psychopath? An avenger? What a great role for a talented actress! The story line is unpredictable, the genre feels fresh. A psychological thriller, which sometimes veers off towards black comedy, mixing humor with gore, genuine emotions with a detective mystery. The Kind Worth Killing will be fun to shoot, but even more fun to watch!”
The script was written by Christopher Kyle (K-19: The Widowmaker and Alexander). UTA reps Holland and Kyle. Holland is managed by Field Entertainment and lawyered by Hirsch, Wallerstein; Kyle is managed by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and lawyered by James Adams. Attorneys David Fox and Jen Grega repped the buyers.