Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Patricia Highsmith's Deep Water Adaptation Gets New Screenwriter

Deep Water by Patricia Highsmith

It's been well over two years since we last reported on the film adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's 1957 suspense novel Deep Water, but now we're learning that Fox 2000 has hired Zach Helm to write the script … but with an eye towards dark sexy comedy instead of murder mystery thriller. Steven Zaillian is producing together with Mike Nichols, who back in 2009 was attached to direct a Joe Penhall script.

Set in the small town of Little Wesley, Highsmith describes Melinda Van Allen as beautiful, rebellious, tempestuous and sexy. And unfortunately for wealthy socialite Vic Van Allen, she is his wife. An incorrigible flirt, Melinda spares no opportunity to flaunt her many lovers to her husband. In response, Vic doesn't miss an opportunity to let them know that he's the jealous type. When Malcolm McCrae, one of Melinda's exes, is murdered in the city, Vic doesn't hesitate to suggest to her latest paramour that he might have been responsible. But as rumors about Vic's nasty streak begin to spread amongst their friends, fiction and reality begin to converge. And it's only a matter of time before Vic really does have blood on his hands …

(Related article: The Hollywood Reporter.)


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