Sydney Sweeney continues her rise in Hollywood with a book-to-film adaptation. The registerbased on the book of the same name by Madison Lawson, is currently in development by Sony with the Euphoria attached actress to star and produce. The book is set to be published on September 27, 2022.
confirmed in August 2022 that Sony had won the film rights after a “competitive auction”. Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski are guaranteed to adapt the book into a screenplay. The two already wrote the nightclub, a psychological horror film starring Rebecca Hall. The book is categorized as a psychological thriller and dystopian sci-fi on Amazon, so the two are certainly operating within their wheelhouse. Sweeney will be producing through his production company Fifty-Fifty Films alongside Brad Fuller. Fuller has worked on the silent place, the purge franchise, and Ouija: Origin of Evil.
This isn’t the only project Sweeney is working on with Sony. She was recently cast in the company’s Madame Web, starring Dakota Johnson. Despite some production delays, the film is still moving forward as planned and will be released in late 2023.
Let’s discuss everything we know about The register until here.
The record: the plot
While little is known about the film’s plot, we can look at the book’s synopsis to get an idea of what to expect. With the book still unreleased, we can’t use a full plot description to figure out what’s going to happen, but the synopsis gives us plenty to start thinking about.
Imagine that it is legal to commit a murder in your life – if you register the victim and carry out the murder in fourteen days. So when Lynell Mize is in line to register the man who abused her as a child, she is shocked to hear a stranger register her for death. Why would someone who doesn’t know her waste his only legal murder on her? Desperate to survive the next two weeks, she must find out who wants to kill her and why. Easier said than done, as Lynell soon discovers that several strangers have used her record on her. Along the way, she is reunited with her ex-husband who is determined to unearth a past that Lynell would rather keep buried. With only days to live, Lynell is determined to uncover the truth and survive a fate she did not choose.
This makes it look like a more organized and limited version of the annual purge of the purge franchise. But, who would influence several people to squander their only seemingly legal murder on a stranger? Who is leading the mass hunt against her? Will Lynell find out who is behind the targeted action by the end of the movie?
The synopsis mentions meeting her ex-husband on her journey. Does he know who is trying to kill her? Does her past have something to do with it, or could it set her free? We won’t have more information until the book’s release, but it’s likely to be a wild ride from start to finish.
The record: the cast
Sydney Sweeney was announced as the lead role of Lynell Mize. Additional cast members have not been confirmed at this time, but other big names are likely to be cast and announced soon to play her abusive ex-husband and stepfather.
Release date of
At this point, the film is still in pre-production, so early audiences should expect to see the film next fall or winter, although a 2024 release is more practical. With Madame Web scheduled for release on October 6, 2023, it is likely that if The register hit screens in 2023, it would be after that.
Early book reviews
Early reviews of the book by critics show mixed reviews and provide more plot details. “Struggles over abortion, euthanasia and the death penalty led to a civil war, which left the country in shambles, until the Registry channeled its anger,” writes Portia Kapraun for the newspaper. Library Diary. This gives insight into why the Registry was enacted, reinforcing the similarities between the purge franchise (and further proving that Fuller is a great choice to produce the film). Kapraun continues, praising the subject matter, but noting that the pacing can be inconsistent.
Editors Weekly takes a different view, noting that “Lynell’s ability to convince himself of danger is a little too easy” and comments that the book comes to a “perplexing” end. The writer also notes that the book and its content do not live up to “Hitchcock’s standards”.
With two different reviews, it will be interesting to see what the masses say when the book comes out and how their reactions can be incorporated into the film at these early stages of development.
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