Olivia Wilde is set to direct and produce a psychological thriller titled ‘Don’t Worry Darling’, after making her mark in the teen comedy ‘Booksmart‘. Her upcoming directorial venture has been described as a psychological thriller which is befitting for the Time’s Up era, and is supposed to focus on a housewife in the 1950s, whose reality begins to crack, and reveals a very disturbing truth underneath the veneer of civility. Not much else is known about the plot, but the setting is sure to evoke the many popular thrillers made by Alfred Hitchcock, which came out during that time.
Notably, Wilde will not just be the woman behind the camera but will be in front of the lens as well, playing the part of the woman whose married life is anything but the idyllic perfection that it appears to be. It will be fascinating to see a film set in the past, attempting to grapple with issues that have become prominent in the present.
Wilde is teaming up again with ‘Booksmart’ writer and producer Kate Silberman, who is set to produce the film, and rewrite the script that has already been written by Carey and Shane Van Dyke of Netflix’s ‘The Silence‘. Roy Lee, who produced ‘It‘, is also set to produce the film along with Miri Yoon through Vertigo Entertainment. The film has not been set up at a studio yet, but Deadline reports that 15 to 18 bidders are already circling the project, which includes streamers like Netflix, and moneyed production houses like Legendary, Village Roadshow Pictures, and MGM, so it is only a matter of time before the film finds a home. A decision is expected to be finalized by Wilde by early next week at the very latest.
Among Olivia Wilde’s other projects is an untitled holiday comedy that she is directing and producing for Universal Pictures along with Silberman and the Clint Eastwood movie ‘The Ballad of Richard Jewell’, which is currently in production. Wilde has quickly become a director to watch out for after her intelligent and energetic directorial debut with ‘Booksmart’, which follows two overachieving high schoolers, who attempt to make up for all their straight and narrow years, with a night of wild partying. The gleeful anarchy in the plot makes the film an entertaining watch and it was well-received upon release.
‘Don’t Worry, Darling’ surely seems to be a step in the right direction for the young emerging director.