James Patterson Novel Getting Movie Adaptation from 'Emily Rose' Writer (Exclusive)

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Paul Boardman will write the film based upon "Guilty Wives," produced by Trudie Stuyler and Celine Rattray of Maven Pictures.

Paul Boardman, who usually writes with partner director Scott Derrickson, has been tapped to write the adaptation of the James Patterson novel Guilty Wives for Maven Pictures. He will also executive produce.

Wives tells of four married women to take off to Monte Carlo for a weekend of vacation and excess. After a night of carousing and an orgy gone wrong, the women wake up not only with hangovers but two men dead. The women must fight to prove their innocence as they are arrested and imprisoned.

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Boardman, repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment, co-wrote with Derrickson and was a producer on  Devil’s Knot, the story of the West Memphis Three injustice that stars Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth and that just wrapped production with Atom Egoyan behind the camera.

Their partnership included writing and producing the films The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Hellraiser: Inferno, which Derrickson directed.

The duo are not splitting; rather, this is a side project for Boardman while Derrickson busies himself directing Beware the Night, a supernatural project the duo wrote and is set up at Screen Gems with Jerry Bruckheimer producing.

Maven, run by Trudie Stuyler and Celine Rattray, is about to unveil its first production, Imogene starring Kristen Wiig and Annette Bening, which premieres Friday at the Toronto Internaional Film Festival.