EXCLUSIVE: Amazon Studios and Scott Free have teamed to turn the Susanna Jones novel The Earthquake Bird into a feature with Wash Westmoreland adapting and directing. With the late Richard Glatzer, Westmoreland wrote and directed Still Alice, which won Julianne Moore the Oscar. This book is a female-driven noir thriller that tells the story of two women who fall in love with the same man, and the dangerous consequences that ensue. This is set against the backdrop of early ’90s Tokyo. Amazon Studios will fully finance and distribute, and Scott Free’s Michael Schaefer and Michael Pruss will produce alongside Ann Ruark and Twenty First City’s Georgina Pope. Ridley Scott will be exec producer.

'Still Alice' film screening at the Cinema Society, New York, America - 13 Jan 2015
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This becomes the first feature collaboration between Scott Free and Amazon, and it comes after they teamed on the Emmy-nominated The Man In The High Castle, and the comedy pilot Jean-Claude Van Johnson.

The Earthquake Bird won several awards including the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the Crime Writers’ Association New Blood Dagger Award for newly published authors. Westmoreland seems a strong match for the material: he spent a year studying in Japan around the time the book is set there. He previously co-wrote and co-directed the Sundance winner Quinceañera.

Westmoreland is repped by WME.