Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright is adapting the psychological thriller, which centers on a retired orthopedic doctor (Bening) suffering from Alzheimer’s who is trying to figure out — in her moments of clarity — if she killed the person the police claim she had, or if she’s being deceived.
Producing are Gail Berman through The Jackal Group, Well Told Entertainment’s Rory Koslow, and Raff. Rocket Science will finance the film and launch international sales at Cannes next week. CAA Media Finance represents U.S. domestic rights.
“Turn of Mind is an edge-of-your-seat emotional thriller. A story of a warped friendship between two brilliant, sharp, forceful women who are bonded equally by their love for and jealousy of one other,” said Raff. “I am thrilled to have two legends filling these roles. What struck me most when reading LaPlante’s novel was how she rarely breaks from Jennifer’s point of view. So, with her, we go through the visceral experience of a woman who relied her whole life on her gifted mind, only to find herself losing it when she needs it most.”
Bening recently starred in Disney’s $1.1 billion-grossing Captain Marvel and Scott Z. Burns’ The Report, which made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and was picked up by Amazon Studios. Bening received Oscar nominations for her roles in The Kids Are All Right, American Beauty, Being Julia and The Grifters.
Pfeiffer most recently starred in such films as Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, Fox’s Murder on the Orient Express and Paramount’s Mother!. She will next be seen opposite Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning in Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and was recently announced to star in French Exit alongside Lucas Hedges and Tracy Letts, which Rocket Science is also selling. She has Oscar noms for her roles in The Fabulous Baker Boys, Love Field and Dangerous Liaisons.
Raff is the creator of the Israeli series Prisoners of War (Hatufim), the highest-rated drama series in Israel which also won nine Israeli Emmy Awards, including Best Directing for Raff and Best Drama Series. The American adaptation, Homeland, starring Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin, is going into its eight season. and Raff has received two Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, a WGA Award, an Edgar Allen Poe Award and a Peabody Award.
He also created the FX drama series Tyrant, and co-created, wrote and directed Dig for USA. Additionally, Raff wrote and directed the Netflix feature film The Red Sea Diving Resort starring Chris Evans, Ben Kingsley, Greg Kinnear and Michael K Williams. Currently, Raff finished shooting The Spy, his six-episode miniseries based on the life of Eli Cohen starring Sacha Baron Cohen, which will debut on Netflix.
Bening, Pfeiffer, and Raff are represented by CAA, and Pfeiffer is also with Management 360.
Rocket Science’s Cannes slate includes: Ana Lily Amirpour’s female-led reboot of survival blockbuster Cliffhanger; Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 starring Eddie Redmayne, Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Baron Cohen and Jonathan Majors; Amirpour’s Blood Moon starring Kate Hudson; Gary Shore’s Queen Mary; and Jonathan Jakubowicz’s Resistance starring Jesse Eisenberg.