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Details
Market July 29, 2019    Sold August 12, 2019
Director Olivia Wilde
Producer Katie Silberman, Roy Lee, Olivia Wilde
Agent Trevor Astbury (CAA)
Manager Aaron Kaplan, Josh Goldenberg (Kaplan/Perrone)
Production Vertigo Entertainment
Studio New Line
4-26-2020 - Cast signs on. Florence Pugh, Shia LaBeouf & Chris Pine. /// 8-12-2019 - Per Deadline, the bidding narrowed to 3 companies and Olivia Wilde has chosen New Line to finance and distribute. /// 7-31-2019 - Had 18 companies bidding on the spec package at one point, including Netflix, Legendary, Blumhouse, and FilmNation, MGM, Apple, and Village Roadshow.
Loglines
A psychological thriller about a 1950s housewife whose reality begins to crack, revealing a disturbing truth underneath. Described as a psychological thriller for the Time's Up era.
A 1950s housewife who would rather go to medical school than become a mother discovers that her world is built on a lie and must escape her controlling husband.
Format
Genres
Drama, Historical, Sci-fi, Thriller, Period, Political, Conspiracy, Dark, Death, Escape, Female, Female Protagonist, Film, High Concept, Hostage, Husband/Wife, Kidnap, Marriage, Mental Illness, Murder, Psychodrama, Psychological Thriller, Relationship, Sex, Social Commentary, Suspenseful, Technology, Violence/Violent
Pages
95
Rated
R
Budget
High
Lead
F White 30 Attractive
Similar
"USS Callister," "The Stepford Wives," "Get Out," "The Matrix"
When
Mostly 1954, a few scenes in 2050. Spans a few weeks.
Where
About 75% in and around a generic upper-class suburb, including a Cape Cod house, another house, a grocery store, a motel, a Buick Skylark, a hospital, a highway, and a psychiatric ward. Around 25% in a futuristic 1950 house, including an MRI-like machine, a dark basement, and a man's room.

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Synopsis
A man cuts out viciously sexist 1950s ads. 1954. Picture-perfect EVELYN and CLIFFORD PETERSON (both 30) have sex. After, Evelyn uses a bottle of Lysol as contraception and makes Clifford breakfast. She tells him about a dream of being a doctor, but he ignores her. They go to a groundbreaking ceremony honoring Clifford for investing in a neighborhood expansion. Evelyn confesses to her neighbor BETSY (Adult) her concerns about having kids. Later that night, Evelyn tells Clifford that she wants to go to medical school right as he finds the Lysol and understands its purpose. They fight, almost violently, but then make up. The next day, Clifford goes to work while Evelyn does chores. She knocks over some orange juice, and when she goes to replace it, she sees Clifford sneaking into a motel. She follows him in…

...and wakes up in an MRI-like machine. She is connected to the machine with electrodes and is weak. She breaks out of the machine into a basement and sees a camera looking at her. Clifford comes and mentions an exit portal before plugging her back in. Back in her bedroom, Clifford tells her that she fainted. She tries to explain her experience, but...