Darren Aronofsky and Angelina Jolie are in talks to develop a big-screen adaptation of the 2008 Ron Rash novel Serena: A Novel, which would be a starring vehicle for Jolie and Aronofsky would direct. Chris Kyle (“K-19: The Widowmaker”) wrote the screenplay for the project.
Set in the rugged mountains of 1929 North Carolina, “Serena” follows a man named George Pemberton and his new bride, Serena, as they create a timber empire. Serena not only takes to the woods, but she also pushes her husband to commit more and more ruthless acts. When she learns she cannot bear a child, Serena sets out to murder the son her husband fathered illegitimately.