After what was said to be a competitive bidding war, Universal Pictures has nabbed the rights to develop an I Am Still Alive movie based upon the hit novel by Kate Alice Marshall which released earlier this year. Ben Affleck has also been confirmed to produce and star in the film.
In their report, Deadline describes the novel as “Wild meets The Revenant, infused with ferocious girl power. Jess is a teenage every-girl who, after a car crash kills her mother and leaves her injured, is forced to move in with her off-the-grid dad in the Canadian wilderness and adapt to a new way of life. But when certain events leave her stranded, far away from any help, with only her father’s dog for company, she’ll discover she’s stronger than she ever imagined.”
Affleck will reportedly play Jess’ father within the I Am Still Alive movie. The deal is still being negotiated, but Affleck will help produce the project under his Pearl Street Films production company.
Lori Evans Taylor has been hired aboard the project to adapt Kate Alice Marshall’s novel and generate a script for the I Am Still Alive movie. Taylor made news previously back in 2015 with her horror script Bed Rest . It too was a hot commodity. MGM eventually ended up winning that bidding war.
As for Affleck, the actor has a trio of projects that will likely see the light of day before the newly revealed I Am Still Alive movie. He will star in J.C. Chandor’s upcoming crime flick, Triple Frontier, which was developed at Netflix. And he’s attached to the political thriller The Last Thing He Wanted by Dee Rees. Affleck most recently filmed on the drama, Torrance, which reteamed him with director Gavin O’Connor. Affleck will likely begin work on the I Am Still Alive movie adaptation once production wraps on Torrance.