Lucky, a 1999 memoir penned by Alice Sebold, is set for film adaptation by Karen Moncrieff, writer for the controversial Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.
Currently in the pre-production and casting stages, the film will get cameras rolling by the fall.
In the novel’s searing prose, Sebold, also the author of The Lovely Bones, recounts her experiences of being raped and its aftermath as it shaped the course of her life. Sebold reveals the details of when she was brutally raped and beaten in a park as an 18-year-old college freshman, as well as her struggle to secure her rapist’s conviction.
Upon reporting the crime to the police, Sebold writes that another young woman had recently been murdered in the same spot she was raped. Therefore, police told her, she was “lucky.”
The book sold over one million copies, surging to the top of the New York Times best-sellers list and earning Sebold critical acclaim for her visceral account of sexual assault.
For Moncrieff, it is also not her first time approaching the issue of sexual assault in her writing. Based on Jay Asher’s 2007 novel of the same name, the 13 Reasons Why Netflix series also recounts a main character’s experience with rape.
Joining Moncrieff is James Brown, known for his work on Still Alice, who has been brought on as producer. Skywolf Media and Fortitude are financing the film.