Academy award winner Susanne Bier has taken directorial duties over from Darren Aronofsky. Based on the 2008 novel of the same name by Ron Rash, Christopher Kyle (K-19: The Widowmaker; The Weight of Water) will pen the screenplay.
The story takes place in 1929, and follows a newlywed couple attempting to start a timber empire. Things turn ugly when the wife learns she can't have children, thus setting out to destroy her husband's illegitimate son.
Serena will begin shooting in the coming weeks.