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‘How to Get Away with Murder’ Alum Abby Ajayi to Write ‘Bedroom Window’ for Studiocanal and The Picture Company

The project is in development and based on Anne Holden’s novel ‘The Witnesses.’

Abby Ajayi / Photo: Alexandra Kordas

Abby Ajayi (How to Get Away with Murder) has been attached to write Bedroom Window, currently in development at Studiocanal and The Picture Company. The movie, based on Anne Holden’s novel The Witnesses was the inspiration for Curtis Hanson’s 1987 movie.

Studiocanal, owned by Vivendi’s Canal Plus Group, will exploit its nearly 6,000-title film library for a new audience, and Hanson’s original movie forms part of the library.

Hanson’s original film follows a man who goes to bed with his boss’s wife. During the tryst, she observes from his bedroom window a violent attack on a young woman. He goes to the police on his lover’s behalf to report a crime he didn’t actually witness. Soon he is a suspect and potential target for the attacker.

Word around town is that Ajayi’s modern take will, unlike the original, be female-driven and give a new spin to the story, which looks to offer large potential in terms of issues such as power-play, gender dynamics and male aggression.

Ajayi is currently working on Riches for ITV, which has been ordered to series. Her previous credits include the Hulu series 4 Weddings and a Funeral, ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder and the upcoming Inventing Anna from Shonda Rhimes for Netflix.

Ajayi is represented by CAA and 42 Management & Production and attorneys Ziffren Brittenham.

The project was first reported exclusively on Variety.




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