TV & Movies

Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Your Next Movie Obsession, Where The Crawdads Sing

By Morgan Reardon
29th Jul 2020

a woman holds a copy of Where The Crawdads Sing in her lap.

If lockdown gifted us one thing, it was the chance to finally catch up on all those books (and let's be honest, TV shows) that we’d been meaning to get through but never quite had the time.

While Tiger King proved to be the MVP of iso-life viewing, Where The Crawdads Sing absolutely took out the top spot for the book world.

And now, fans can rejoice because it’s being adapted for the big screen and we’re pumped!

For those who aren’t familiar with the award-winning book, it was originally released back in 2018 by Delia Owens. It went on to sell nearly five million copies, topped The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2019 and The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2020 for a combined 30 weeks. And most recently, Amazon sales revealed it to be one of the most-read titles of lockdown. So yeah, it’s kind of a big deal.

Then Reese Witherspoon, who has an excellent track record of book to big screen adaptations, featured it in her Hello Sunshine Book Club and snagged the movie rights. Considering her amazing work on Big Little Lies, The Wild and Little Fires Everywhere, it’s safe to say the movie is in good hands.

While COVID has thrown a bit of a spanner in the works, here’s what we know so far.

What’s Where The Crawdads Sing About?

Set in the small country town of Barkley Cove in North Carolina, US, the story follows the life of Kya Clark, also known by locals as the Marsh Girl. Taking place across two time lines—the 60s and 70s—we follow Kya’s journey from abandoned child, left to survive in a shack on the edge of the marshes with nothing but the birds to keep her company, to a beautiful but mysterious woman who gets entangled in a relationship with two very different men. The really wild part? When a murder takes place in Barkley Cove, Kya is the number one suspect. We could tell you more but we don’t want to spoil it for the few people out there who haven’t devoured the book yet.

According to reports, the film will closely follow the novel’s plot (praise be), which is pegged as a crime thriller meets coming-of-age story. Yes, it will require tissues.

Who’s Working On The Flick?

As previously mentioned Witherspoon is behind the production, acting as producer alongside Hello Sunshine’s Lauren Levy Neudstadter, while Oscar-nominated writer Lucy Alibar is penning the screenplay. But what we’re really excited about is that the project also has Elizabeth Gabler of Sony’s 3000 Pictures on board, who is behind a bunch of uber successful book adaptations like The Devil Wears Prada and Hidden Figures.

Witherspoon is yet to reveal who has been cast as the incredible Kya and if she herself will make an appearance like she did in Little Fires Everywhere. We could absolutely see her as truancy officer Mrs Culpepper.

When Will It Be Released? 

Again, COVID could be the reason this baby doesn't hit our screens for some time yet as Witherspoon has kept any news around release dates to a minimum. But as soon as we know, you’ll know. 

Until then, get your movie fix with these binge-worthy new releases

Image Credit:  Beth’s Book Club

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