The writer/actress/director is now set to bring Margaret Atwood's "Alias Grace" to the big screen. The novel is based on the true story of Thomas Kinnear and his housekeeper/mistress Nancy Montgomery, who were murdered in their Upper Canada home in 1843 by 16 year-old Grace Marks and James McDermott, servants of Kinnear. Atwood's novel tosses in a fictional character, Doctor Jordan, who investigates the case and grows sympathetic towards Marks. Atwood has long been fascinated with the case, writing a CBC TV movie "The Servant Girl" way back in 1974, but since then, she believes Marks to be innocent of murder. And while the novel is the account of the incident from the point-of-view of Grace, the narrative shifts and turns "Rashomon" style to present a variety of viewpoints from various people involved.
All this to say, it's some pretty great material and another change in direction from Polley who continues to surprise. While there is no concrete word that she will direct as well, we'd assume that's the case. Either way, yet another promising prospect from Polley who continues to be one of the brightest voices emerging from north of the border. [THR]