‘Conjure Wife’ Gets Fourth Big Screen Treatment
Fritz Leiber’s 1943 Conjure Wife is headed back to the screen from writer/director Billy Ray (Breach). United Artists has acquired the rights to Leiber’s debut novel according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The film will adapt the story of “a New England college professor who discovers that his good fortune is the result of his wife’s secret, magical interference. When he pressures her to stop, dark forces descend on the couple without her protection.”
The trade notes, “Ray’s update will amp up the prurience factor as one woman’s desire to take over a more ideal female body factors into the plot.”
This will be the fourth film adaptation, following Weird Woman (1944), Night of the Eagle/Burn, Witch, Burn! (1962), and Witches’ Brew (1980).
Leiber (December 24, 1910 – September 5, 1992) was a prolific science fiction and fantasy author, best known for his sword & sorcery series featuring Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser.
Fafhrd appeared in Leiber’s first sale, sold in 1939. Leiber become the Science Fiction Writers of America’s 5th Grand Master.