Amy Adams' The Woman in the Window to Get Netflix Release After Multiple Delays

Jen Juneau
·3 min read

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The Woman in the Window is getting a Netflix release.

After numerous delays, the Amy Adams-led thriller, based on the 2018 book of the same name by A.J. Finn, will be coming to the streaming service sometime in the first half of 2021, Entertainment Weekly reports.

Originally intended to open in theaters last May (and in October 2019 before that), Netflix purchased the film from Disney in August, according to EW.

Adams, 46, plays reclusive shut-in Anna Fox, the protagonist struggling with her agoraphobia as she dreads stepping outside her multi-level New York City brownstone apartment.

Striking up a peculiar friendship with neighbor Jane Russell (played by a blonde Julianne Moore), the woman prone to panic attacks soon witnesses what she thinks was Jane's murder.

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Things get even more unusual when Gary Oldman, playing the man thought to be Jane's husband, introduces a distraught Fox to a completely different woman claiming to be Jane, played by Jennifer Jason Leigh.

"Don't go looking into other people's houses — you won't like what you see," actress Liza Colón-Zayas said in voiceover in the preview last December, setting up a voyeuristic tale in the vein of 1954's Rear Window.

The film also stars Wyatt Russell, Anthony Mackie and Brian Tyree Henry, the latter as a skeptical detective on the case.

Written for the screen by playwright Tracy Letts, who also costars in the film, The Woman in the Window is one of the leftover 20th Century Fox projects delayed during Disney's acquisition of the movie-making company in March.

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Speaking with EW, the movie's director, Joe Wright (Atonement), said of the long process of making the film that included reshoots, "There were some plot points that people found a bit confusing — I would say possibly too opaque maybe."

"So we had to go back and clarify certain points, but I think also we tried to make sure we didn't oversimplify anything and make things too clear," he added. "There's an enjoyment in not knowing what's going on, but at the same time, you have to give the audience something to hold on to — you have to lead them through the labyrinth of mystery and fear."

Despite the setbacks, Wright, 48, told EW he is "very interested to see how people respond to the film and I can't wait for its release."

"What I hope people will take away from this is a sense that our own fears can incarcerate us," the filmmaker added. "And this is a story about a woman who manages to overcome her own fears, and leave them behind her."