Edgar Wright to Direct Kidnapping Movie Based on Bestselling Book ‘The Chain’

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Oh now you can most certainly sign us up for this one.

Filmmaker Edgar Wright (Shawn of the Dead, Baby Driver) is on board to direct an adaptation of 2019 bestselling novel The Chain, which has a pretty crazy storyline. Universal Pictures has forked out an amount reportedly in the seven figures to acquire it.

The book, from author Adrian McKinty, tells the story of Rachel, a woman who discovers that her young daughter has been kidnapped. There are two ways to ensure her daughter isn’t killed: Firstly, she must kidnap another child, and secondly, that child’s parents must kidnap another child. Hence, The Chain. These bad people behind the scheme are in for a rude awakening with Rachel, a tough mother, who has previously battled and beaten cancer, and who is determined to get her daughter back.

There’s still no word on who will star. It’s a meaty-sounding part so it could be quite the get for whoever scores the role. Stay tuned on that end.

As was first reported by Deadline, Wright will be directing from a screenplay written by Jane Goldman, whose credits include Kick-Ass, Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Woman in Black, X-Men: First Class and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Goldman is also attached to Disney’s upcoming live-action/CG remake of The Little Mermaid.

Wright’s next feature to hit screens will be psychological horror film Last Night in Soho, starring Anya Taylor-Joy. That one is scheduled to hit cinemas in April 2021.

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