Universal Pictures has acquired screen rights to J.P. Delaney’s upcoming thriller novel “The Girl Before” with Ron Howard attached to direct.
Set to be published next Fall, the story follows a traumatized woman who falls in love with an extraordinary minimalist house and with the man who designed it.
When she discovers that three years earlier another damaged woman died here, she starts to wonder if her own story is just a re-run of the girl before.
Delaney is believed to be a pseudonym of bestselling author Tony Strong while Universal beat out TriStar, Paramount and two indie financiers in a competition for the title.
Howard, Michael De Luca, Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins will produce.