Nicole Kidman Nabs Film Rights to Off-Broadway Vampire Hit 'Cuddles'

Written by Brit newcomer Joseph Wilde, the play is described as a subversive take on the undead.
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Nicole Kidman is looking to bring the off-Broadway vampire breakout Cuddles to the big screen.

The actress-producer has optioned film rights to the play for her Blossom Films to produce.

Written by newcomer Joseph Wilde, Cuddles is a vampire thriller that examines the strange and disturbing forms love can take and asks how you live with a monster that is your own flesh and blood. The play was dubbed “a sensational little shocker” by The New York Times, garnering rave reviews after its transfer from the U.K. to New York last summer.

Wilde will adapt from his own play, and Kidman will produce with Blossom partner Per Saari.

"Joe's voice is so beautifully subversive.," Kidman said in a statement. "He's exactly the kind of young writer Blossom is looking to support."

Founded by Kidman and Saari in 2010, Blossom Films is staking its claim as a literary-minded production company. Kidman and Saari's most recent outing was The Family Fang, based on the best-selling novel by Kevin Wilson and directed by Jason Bateman (Kidman, Bateman and Christopher Walken star). Blossom is currently shooting the HBO limited series Big Little Lies, based on the best-seller written by Liane Moriarty (Jean-Marc Vallee is directing all eight episodes of the adaptation that stars Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley).

The Blossom Films production Rabbit Hole, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Lindsay-Abaire, earned Kidman both Golden Globe and Academy Award best actress nominations. Blossom also produced Monte Carlo for Fox from the book by Jules Bass and is currently developing adaptations of best-sellers The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison and Kimberly McCreight's Reconstructing Amelia for HBO.

Cuddles would be a departure for Kidman in that it would be the first Blossom project that is not also intended as an acting vehicle.

London-based Wilde made a splash with Cuddles (Arch468, Ovalhouse), which opened in 2013 and was revived in 2015 before migrating to the 59E59 theatre in New York as part of its Brits Off Broadway series. His upcoming U.K. television projects include Casualty for the BBC.

The deal for Cuddles was brokered by Matt Connell of Berlin Associates.

Kidman is repped by CAA, Media Talent Group and Jackoway Tyerman.

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