Film News: Samra Zafar’s A GOOD WIFE

Toronto based production company Pier 21 Films​ has optioned the exclusive Film/TV rights to Samra Zafar​’s A GOOD WIFE – one of the Washington Post​‘s top books of 2019 and a continuous national bestseller in Canada for 12 consecutive weeks since publication – the story of Samra Zafar, who at fifteen had big dreams of going to university and forging her own path, but had her dreams snatched away from her with almost no warning, and was suddenly married to a stranger at seventeen and left Pakistan for Canada; her new husband and his family promised that the marriage and the move would be a fulfillment of her dreams, not a betrayal of them, but as the walls of their home slowly became a prison, Samra realized the promises were empty ones. Somehow, she found the strength not only to build a new future but to walk away from her past, ignoring the pleas of her family and risking cultural isolation by divorcing her husband; and now speaking up to break the silence on abuse to empower women globally. Samra is now a scholar, an award-winning speaker and human rights advocate. The deal was brokered by Melissa Williamson, President, and Nicole Butler, COO for Pier 21 and Samantha Haywood. World rights available ex Canada, HarperCollins; Slovak, Ikar; Czech, Euromedia; and India, Penguin Random House India. Contact: Samantha Haywood, samantha@transatlanticagency.com.