A forthcoming film adaptation of the bestselling book The Woman in the Window has been pulled from its October release and moved to a mystery 2020 date, after preview audiences declared the film “too confusing”.
The film, based on the novel by AJ Finn and directed by Joe Wright, stars Amy Adams as an agoraphobic writer who believes she has witnessed a murder occurring in the apartment across the street. Julianne Moore and Gary Oldman are among the cast.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film is to undergo five days of reshoots following test screenings that saw audience members declare it too confusing to understand. Finn’s novel features a number of cuts between the past and the present, as well as a significant chunk set within the head of its leading character.
Disney, who adopted the film when it purchased 20th Century Fox earlier this year, reportedly want to streamline the movie. The film was previously scheduled for release this October, in the heart of awards season, meaning its delay to next year will likely mean Adams won’t be a presence at next year’s Oscars.
It is the latest setback for the film, with Finn, a pseudonym for novelist Dan Mallory, the centre of a New Yorker story in February that alleged he had spent years crafting untruths about his personal life and history while rising up the ranks of the publishing world.
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