Alias Grace: The movie

(Photos of Sarah Polley and Margaret Atwood by Nathan Denette, Darren Calabrese/Canadian Press)

Canadian actress and director Sarah Polley will be adapting Margaret Atwood's Giller Prize-winning historical novel Alias Grace into a feature film.

This isn't the first time Polley has brought a Canadian author's work to the big screen. She earned an Oscar nomination for best screenplay for Away From Her, the 2006 movie she adapted from Alice Munro's short story The Bear Came Over the Mountain.

Several stories by Atwood have been developed into stage productions or movies, including The Robber Bride, The Handmaid's Tale and her debut novel The Edible Woman.

Alias Grace is based on a true story: the murder of Thomas Kinnear and his housekeeper Nancy Montgomery in 19th-century Upper Canada.

-With files from The Canadian Press

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