Amy Adams will NOT be the Susan Lucci of the Academy Awards, okay?! That role is sadly reserved for Glenn Close. But seriously, after being Oscar-nominated––and never winning––SIX times in just over twelve years, Amy (or more likely, Amy’s people) is determined to get her hands on one of those got damn trophies once and for all. And if it’s going to happen, it might as well happen during a year when the last thing anybody has been thinking about is going to the movies. At this rate, Ana de Armas is going to be the only Best Actress Oscar nominee of 2020 for her captivating performances in short films like “Running to Get Dunkin Donuts, Part 21” and “Ben, Hold My Mask While I Pick Up My Dog’s Shit”.
According to Indiewire, Amy already has a bait-y movie stuck in COVID-19 hell: “The Woman in the Window”, about an agoraphobic woman who can’t leave the house and thinks her neighbor across the street has been murdered (basically a red-headed version of Michelle Pfeiffer in “What Lies Beneath”). It was supposed to come out in 2019, but was pushed back after test audiences were confused by it. It was then scheduled to come out this past May, but was pushed back due to the pandemic. On top of that, she had just wrapped another Oscar-ey role in Ron Howard’s “Hillbilly Elegy”. And now she’s just signed on to star in a movie called “Nightbitch”. Honestly, all of these titles sound like fake movies from 30 Rock.
“Nightbitch”, which, coincidentally, is what I say to my cat every night just before going to bed, is Amy’s next major project and will be her latest collaboration with Annapurna Films. It’s based on an unreleased book (it comes out next year) by author Rachel Yoder. According to Rachel’s website, the story is described like this:
“An unnamed woman and former artist, thrust into stay-at-home domesticity after the birth of her son, becomes worried she’s turning into a dog. Her husband, who travels for work five days a week, easily dismisses her fears from hotel rooms. Meanwhile, the mother is forced to contend with the very real physical manifestations of her solitary anxiety, with only her two-year-old son for company. As her symptoms intensify, she struggles to keep her alter-canine-identity secret. Finally jolted to action after an impulsive and disastrous encounter with the family cat, she seeks a cure for her condition”
There’s already a movie called “Bitch” that is similar to this. And I don’t know what Rachel was smoking when she came up with that plotline, but I DO know what I’ll be smoking when I finally get to see the movie.
No word on who’s playing the family cat (fingers crossed it’s Halle Berry…anything to bring us the “Catwoman” sequel we deserve). And also, no word on when production will start.
Maybe Amy should hold off on some of that Oscar campaigning. Stagger it out a bit. If she plans this right, she could conceivably win Best Actress in 2021 for “Woman In the Window”; in 2022 for Hillbilly Elegy; and then again in 2023, for Nightbitch. Now that’s a comeback.