Eleven years ago Adrian Lyne directed Diane Lane to a Best Actress Oscar nomination in Unfaithful. Since then he’s directed nothing. Now the director of Flashdance, Fatal Attraction and Indecent Proposal is ready to get back behind the camera with Deep Water at Fox.
Written by Zach Helm (Stranger Than Fiction, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium), the film is an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s thriller telling the story of Vic and Melinda, an attractive young married couple whose mind games with each other take a twisted turn when people around them start turning up dead.
Previous Highsmith adaptations include Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers On A Train and Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley, which starred Matt Damon, Jude Law and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Deadline delivers the news and with it the unsurprising news a “big star” is already in discussions, though whether or not it’s for the role of Vic or Melinda is unclear.
Personally this is exciting news and I hope it was the script that attracted Lyne rather than Highsmith’s novel. A good story is easy to come by, but a good adaptation is quite a different thing.