Mike Nichols Wades Into Deep Water

He'll direct from the Highsmith story

Mike Nichols Wades Into Deep Water

by SAM TOY |
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Fox 2000 have landed both a writer and a director for their adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel Deep Water, and they both come with sensational CVs.

Picking up the pen (or maybe he's a word processor man; we have no idea) is Joe Penhall, who recently completed work on John Hillcoat's big screen version of Cormac McCarthy's The Road. And behind the camera will sit Mike Nichols, whose illustrious credits are too numerous to mention, but include Closer, Primary Colours, Catch 22 and, of course, The Graduate.

Highsmith is legendary in Hollywood circles, with more than 25 of her crime/psychological thrillers adapted for the screen, including the Tom Ripley novels (The Talented Mr Ripley, Ripley's Game, The American Friend etc.), and the one that launched her career after it was picked up by a Mr A. Hitchcock, Strangers On A Train.

Deep Water (not to be confused with the 2006 documentary about people losing it over the course of a solo yacht race), is one of Highsmith's earlier novels. Written in 1957, it's about a married couple in a loveless relationship who only stay together by some mysterious arrangement, which includes the husband permitting the wife to take lovers. Things get interesting when someone starts bumping off the lovers.

There's no word on casting yet, but given the talent on board behind the camera, you can expect the pieces to start falling into place quite quickly.

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