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‘Traitor’s Wife’ Movie About American Revolutionary War in the Works at Radar (EXCLUSIVE)

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Radar Pictures has acquired the feature film and television rights to Allison Pataki’s novel “The Traitor’s Wife: The Woman Behind Benedict Arnold and the Plan to Betray America,” Variety has learned exclusively.

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Producers are Ted Field, Mike Weber, Eustace Montgomery Hicks, Aldo La Pietra and Lacy Lynch of Dupree Miller.

“The Traitor’s Wife,” was published by Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. The book centers on Peggy Shippen Arnold, who was born into a Philadelphia family with loyalist tendencies and married Arnold in 1779, shortly before he began conspiring with the British to change sides during the Revolutionary War.

“The Traitor’s Wife” debuted at no. 5 on The New York Times bestseller list. Pataki also wrote “The Accidental Empress” and “Sisi, Empress of Her Own” and recently signed a two-book deal with Random House.

“I was drawn to Radar’s unique vision for developing this salacious love and spy story told from the point of view of a unique female narrator, the Arnold’s maid, who introduces an upstairs/downstairs element,” Pataki said. “With all of the excitement around ‘Hamilton’ and the story of our nation’s founding, we can’t wait to bring this most dramatic moment of the American Revolution to Light from not only the men, but also the women who had a front row seat to shaping it.”

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