EXCLUSIVE: Nicole Kidman will reunite with her Rabbit Hole scribe David Lindsay-Abaire on The Family Fang, the adaptation of the Kevin Wilson bestseller that Kidman will star in and produce. Kidman won a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Rabbit Hole, which Lindsay-Abaire adapted from his Pulitzer-winning play about a husband and wife grieving the loss of their child.
The Family Fang is about a couple of performance artists who routinely sucked their kids into taking part in a variety of bizarre events. When the full-grown children return home in a state of crisis, they are unwittingly enlisted to help in the execution of a daring and mysterious final performance by their parents, who are hellbent on achieving the act of a lifetime. Their kids harbor more than a little resentment and blame the performance art for how badly their own lives have turned out.
Kidman and her Blossom Films partner Per Saari optioned the book last fall, along with Rabbit Hole co-producers Olympus Pictures’ Leslie Urdang and Dean Vanech (Beginners).
Lindsay-Abaire was recently Tony-nominated for his play Good People, and he scripted Disney’s 2013 tentpole Oz: The Great And Powerful, the Sam Raimi-directed film that stars James Franco, Mila Kunis and Michelle Williams. Lindsay-Abaire, who got a Tony nom for Shrek The Musical, also scripted Rise Of The Guardians for DreamWorks.
Kidman will be seen shortly starring with Clive Owen in the Philip Kaufman-directed Hemingway & Gelhorn for HBO, and the Lee Daniels-directed The Paperboy, which opens at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival. She also stars in the Park Chan-wook-directed Stoker for Fox Searchlight and next stars in Railway Man with Colin Firth, and she plays the title character in Grace Of Monaco, which Olivier Dahan will direct.