Felix Culpahas gets Simon Stone to adapt ‘Sweet Lamb of Heaven’ by Lydia Millet to Star Riley Keough

26889549.jpg‘Riley Keough and Gina Gammell’s production company Felix Culpahas set Australian filmmaker Simon Stone to adapt and direct Lydia Millet’s New York Times bestseller Sweet Lamb of Heaven: A Novel. Keough is also set to star as Anna in the film and will produce alongside Gammell and Scott Free.

The domestic thriller/psychological horror novel was one of three novels Felix Culpa acquired rights for. Sweet Lamb of Heaven follows Anna, a young mother, who is escaping her cold and unfaithful husband, Ned, a businessman who’s just launched his first campaign for political office.  Ned chases Anna and their six-year-old daughter from Alaska to Maine, and the two go into hiding in a run-down motel on the coast. The longer they stay, the less the guests in the dingy motel look like typical tourists — and the less Ned resembles a typical candidate. As his pursuit of Anna and their child moves from threatening to criminal, Ned begins to alter his wife’s world in ways she never could have imagined. The novel, published by W.W. Norton & Company, received a number of accolades including the National Book Award for Fiction and Kirkus Best Book of 2016.

riley_keough_0.jpgStone, who has acted in TV series and features such as Fred Schepisi’s The Eye of the Storm and Michael Henry’s Blame, made his feature directorial debut with the 2015 drama The Daughter starring Geoffrey Rush, Sam Neill and Paul Schneider.

Keough is currently shooting Wash Westmoreland’s The Earthquake Bird and has two films premiering at Cannes this year: Lars Von Trier’s The House That Jack Built and David Robert Mitchell’s Under the Silver Lake.

Keough is repped by WME, Thirty Three Management. Stone is repped by Creative Artists Agency, Stacey Testro International, and attorney David Fox.’

Via Deadline

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