Tom Ford’s Next Movie is ‘Nocturnal Animals’, Could Julianne Moore Star?


Tom Ford's next movie
Tom Ford on the set of A Single Man
Photo: The Weinstein Co.

Tom Ford is more than just a fashion designer, he’s also the director of the movie A Single Man, which should have won Colin Firth an Oscar over Jeff Bridges in 2010 and would have even been a better film for Julianne Moore to receive an Oscar instead of Still Alice. But it wasn’t meant to be, despite how great that film and its performances were. Ford, however, hasn’t been quick to make a follow-up to the 2009 feature, but it appears it’s time for a sophomore effort.

[amz asin=”0446582905″ size=”small”]Ford is ready to begin work on Nocturnal Animals an adaptation of the Austin Wright novel “Tony and Susan“. Ford wrote the screenplay for what’s described as a postmodern noir thriller with George Clooney and Grant Heslov producing through Smokehouse Pictures. Here’s a description of the book via Amazon:

Fifteen years ago, Susan Morrow left her first husband Edward Sheffield, an unpublished writer. Now, she’s enduring middle class suburbia as a doctor’s wife, when out of the blue she receives a package containing the manuscript of her ex-husband’s first novel. He writes asking her to read the book; she was always his best critic, he says.

As Susan reads, she is drawn into the fictional life of Tony Hastings, a math professor driving his family to their summer house in Maine. And as we read with her, we too become lost in Sheffield’s thriller. As the Hastings’ ordinary, civilized lives are disastrously, violently sent off course, Susan is plunged back into the past, forced to confront the darkness that inhabits her, and driven to name the fear that gnaws at her future and will change her life.

Ford has said in the past, regarding this next feature, that it will be broken into two parts, the first faithful to the original material, and the second, completely new. Given he’s titled the movie based on the name of the manuscript the story’s lead character receives rather than the name of the book itself, that might give some hint as to what he’s planning.

Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore in A Single Man
Photo: The Weinstein Co.

There’s no word on a cast just yet, though Ford did recently hint the lead actress could be played by one of the A-listers in the front row at one of his recent fashion shows, such names include the aforementioned Julianne Moore, Beyoncé, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Lopez and Reese Witherspoon. Whomever could it be?