Saturday, February 23, 2013

Cinemystery: Patricia Highsmith's The Blunderer to be Adapted for Film

Cinemystery: Crime Novels Adapted for Film

Andy Goddard (Downton Abbey) will direct a film adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's 1954 novel The Blunderer. Susan Boyd, who optioned the book with her husband William, will write the screenplay.

"The Blunderer is one of those extremely special projects, complete with complicated Highsmithian characters and edge-of-your-seat tension," said Nick Meyer of Sierra Pictures, which will co-produce the film. "We are thrilled to have Andy at the helm of this one. He's a unique and skilled director with a great vision for the film."

The Blunderer was previously adapted in 1963 as the French thriller Le Meurtrier.

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The Blunderer by Patricia Highsmith

The Blunderer
Patricia Highsmith

City lawyer Walter Stackhouse desperately needs to escape his marriage. His wife Clara is neurotic, vindictive and has been systematically alienating all of his friends. She is ruining his life, and it's small wonder then that he finds himself drawn to gentle, sympathetic Ellie. So when Clara jealously makes a failed suicide attempt, Walter realises just what life might be like without her.

Meanwhile, the story of a New York woman brutally murdered by her husband has been making headlines and firing Walter's imagination, and he suddenly sees an opportunity to put an end to his torment. But does he really have the courage to get rid of Clara? Or will he be too much of blunderer to see it through?

First published by Coward-McCann in 1954, this is the author's third novel.

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