Yesterday, July 23rd, it was announced that Where the Crawdads Sing will be getting a movie adaption. Olivia Newman will be directing the movie and Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter will be producing the movie under Sony Pictures.
Many people will know Newman from Netflix feature First Match. Witherspoon and Neustadter will be producing the movie under their company Hello Sunshine for 3000 Pictures, a subset of Sony that focuses on literature-based movies.
It is no surprise seeing Where the Crawdads Sing being made into a movie. The success the novel has had is unheard of and it has moved many people. Since its release in August 2019, the novel has gone on to sell over 7 millions copies worldwide. The novel also led the charts on Amazon as the most-sold fiction novel in 2019.
Witherspoon has chosen the novel in the past for her famous bookclub Hello Sunshine which helped the boom take off. As someone who has read the novel, I can say I am glad it has garnered as much attention as it has. The book is a wonderful tale and should be read by anyone who loves a good story.
What do you think about the news? Should it become a movie? I like the people chosen to direct and produce this movie so far. And since Witherspoon is a part of the project, I believe that it will stay true to the novel.
If you haven’t read the novel yet, then you should do it soon. The book is almost always better than the novel and you don’t want to be that one person who hasn’t read the book in the theater (if and when they open). Delia Owens is an amazing writer and may have written a modern classic.