Netflix has announced that they are working on a limited series called The Woman in the House, which will be produced by Will Ferrell’s Gloria Sanchez Productions.
The Woman in the House is an 8-episode Netflix series starring Kristen Bell (The Good Place) as Anna, a depressed woman who basically sits at her window, watching the world outside. When an attractive man moves into the house across the street, Anna starts to perk up, only to see what appears to be a violent murder committed by her new neighbor.
Gloria Sanchez Productions also produced Netflix series Dead To Me, and it seems from the description that The Woman in the House might strike a similar tone to that dark comedy series. Dead to Me was pretty successful for Netflix, so they are probably hoping this one will bring in the viewers as well.
Netflix seems to have found a couple of new niches recently, with both true crime and comedy/thriller mashups becoming more plentiful on the streaming platform.
Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sharp Objects) will be creative consultant for The Woman in the House, and that seems promising. Noxon is a solid writer, and seems to have mastered the art of dark comedy.
The plot sounds very similar to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 thriller Rear Window, which starred James Stewart as a photographer confined to a wheelchair after breaking his leg. Bored, he begins watching strangers through his binoculars and becomes convinced that the man across the street has murdered his wife.
Rear Window is considered by many people to be one of Hitchcock’s best and most suspenseful films, and was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay (it was based on Cornell Woorich’s short story It Had to Be Murder).
Although The Woman in the House seems to be more comical, here’s hoping that the series will also be suspenseful. No release date has been announced at this time.
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