Forty years after it debuted on Broadway, Veronica’s Room is finally heading to the big screen. Harvey and Bob Weinstein’s TWC-Dimension moniker will executive produce, finance and distribute an adaptation of the thriller by Rosemary’s Baby author Ira Levin, the company said today. The film of the play by Levin, who passed away in 2007, will be produced by The Allegiance Theater’s Daniel Dubiecki and Lara Alameddine, who brought the project to TWC-Dimension. The Allegiance Theater’s Tim Crane is an EP and the company’s head of development, Carly Norris, who brought the project to Allegiance to develop, is co-producer. “From Rosemary’s Baby to Deathtrap, Harvey and I have been admirers of Ira Levin, as he has created some of the greatest thrillers in film history,” said Bob Weinstein in a statement today. “With Veronica’s Room, we have discovered a hidden gem that is going to reintroduce Ira’s genius to a new generation. It will also provide a fantastic opportunity for top tier actors and actresses to embody Ira Levin’s fascinating, complicated characters.”
Veronica’s Room centers on two students who find themselves invited to a crumbling New England estate for an audience with the last surviving member of the family that once lived there. The purpose of the visit is so that Susan, one of the students, will agree to impersonate Veronica, the long-dead sister of the fading Cissie. And that’s where the line between what’s real and what’s not begins to blur. The pic is the fifth film under the TWC-Dimension name joining Paddington, Murder Mystery, Passengers and Regression.
The deal for the adaptation was negotiated by TWC-Dimension SVP Business and Legal Affairs Adrian Lopez, with WME and Richard Thompson at Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman on behalf of The Allegiance Theater. Matthew Signer and Keith Levine are overseeing production for TWC-Dimension.