'Wolverine' Writer to Adapt Thriller 'Veronica's Room'

Mark Bomback ("Dawn of the Planet of the Apes") will write the script based on Ira Levin's 1973 Broadway play.
Mark Bomback ("Dawn of the Planet of the Apes") will write the script based on Ira Levin's 1973 Broadway play.

The Wolverine writer Mark Bomback has signed on to write Veronica's Room for TWC-Dimension.

The film is an adaptation of writer Ira Levin's (Rosemary's Baby, The Stepford Wives, Deathtrap) 1973 Broadway thriller.

Bomback, whose credits also include Unstoppable and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, did production rewrites on Fifty Shades of Grey. His script Art of Racing in the Rain is currently in development at Universal.

Veronica's Room explores the thin line between fantasy and reality. Students Susan and Larry find themselves lured to an old New England mansion by its caretakers to meet the sole surviving member of the family. They insist that Susan bears a striking resemblance to Veronica, the family member's long-dead sister. They believe her presence will comfort the dementia-afflicted woman and allow her to die in peace. But what begins as a simple errand of mercy quickly spirals into a nightmare cycle of guilt, sacrifice and murder.

"Mark coming on board is huge for this project," TWC co-chairman Bob Weinstein said. "He shares the same passion for Ira's play that I do, and together we hope to make something very sinister and special."

Added Bomback: "I've been a massive fan of the brilliant Ira Levin for as long as I can remember, and it's a true privilege to adapt this creepy gem of a story."

The film will be produced by The Allegiance Theater’s Daniel Dubiecki (Juno, Up in the Air) and Lara Alameddine. The Allegiance Theater’s Tim Crane is executive producing. Carly Norris, who brought the project to the company to develop, will co-produce. Overseeing production for TWC-Dimension are Matthew Signer and Keith Levine.

"Mark's immense talent and his passion for Ira's work is a perfect match to honor and elevate one of Ira's most psychologically thrilling stories," Dubiecki said.

Bomback is repped by WME, Anonymous Content and attorney David Colden.

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