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THE PATIENT

20th Century Fox Films partnered with New Regency and acquired film rights at auction with Ryan Reynolds as producer

by DeWitt, Jasper

In a series of online posts, Parker H., a young psychiatrist, chronicles the harrowing account of his time working at a dreary mental hospital in New England. Through an internet message board, Parker hopes to tell the world of his effort to cure one bewildering patient. We learn, as Parker did on his first day at the hospital, of the facility’s most difficult, profoundly dangerous case – a 30-year-old man who was originally admitted to the hospital at the age of 6. This patient has no known diagnosis. His symptoms seem to evolve over time. Every person who has attempted to treat him has been driven to madness or suicide. Desperate and fearful, the hospital’s directors keep him strictly confined and allow minimal contact with staff for their own safety, convinced that releasing him would unleash catastrophe on the outside world. Parker, brilliant and overconfident, takes it upon himself to discover what ails this mystery patient and finally cure him. Parker wins official permission to begin treatment, but from his first encounter with the patient, things spiral out of control and, facing a possibility beyond his wildest imaginings, Parker is forced to question 

everything he thought he knew. 

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