Ken Kwapis has a reputation as a director of family films (at least for cinema, his TV work is more eclectic), having helmed Dunstan Checks In, The Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants and Big Miracle, but he’s heading for something different with an adaptation of Diana Wagman’s upcoming novel, The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets.
Deadline reports that Kwapis will both write and direct the movie, which is about Winnie Parker, the mother to an angst-ridden teenage daughter and ex-wife of a famous game show host, who gets kidnapped. What follows is a psychological game of cat and mouse set in the kidnapper’s tropically heated house – kept that way because the kidnapper is a reptile lover who has set up his home as a haven for Cookie, a menacing seven-foot long Iguana. While desperately seeking to escape, Winnie uncovers the mystery surrounding her captivity.
It’s not certain when it might shoot, but the plan is apparently to have it in cinemas before the end of next year.