Nicole Kidman’s producer banner Blossom Films has optioned film rights to Joseph Wilde’s off-Broadway play Cuddles, which received strong critical notices, including the New York Times, which called it “a sensational little shocker.” The vampire thriller examines the strange and disturbing forms love can take and asks how you live with a monster that is your own flesh and blood. Wilde will adapt his own play. Kidman produces with Blossom partner Per Saari.
“Joe’s voice is so beautifully subversive,” Kidman said. “He’s exactly the kind of young writer Blossom is looking to support.”
Production company Blossom Films, founded by Kidman and Saari in 2010, is no stranger to literary adaptations. The company produced The Family Fang, based on the bestselling novel by Kevin Wilson, directed by Jason Bateman and starring Kidman, Bateman and Christopher Walken, now in theaters. Blossom also is in production on HBO series Big Little Lies, based on the New York Times bestseller by Liane Moriarty, directed by Jean-Marc Vallee and starring Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley.
Rabbit Hole, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Lindsay-Abaire, earned Kidman Golden Globe and Academy Award Best Actress nominations and Blossom also produced Monte Carlo for Fox, from the book by Jules Bass. The company is developing adaptations for HBO of bestsellers The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison and Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight..
Wilde is a London-based writer. Cuddles opened there in 2013 and was revived in 2015 before transferring to the 59E59 Theatre in New York as part of Brits Off Broadway. The deal was brokered by Matt Connell of Berlin Associates.