Tom Ripley Series: Showtime Wins Auction for Steve Zaillian’s Adaptation

According to Deadline, Showtime is in final negotiations to produce Steve Zaillian’s series adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley book series. And, as expected, this is a “straight-to-series” deal, meaning we could see our latest iteration of the famed Tom Ripley on our TV screens fairly quickly.

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Zaillian will reportedly use Highsmith’s five novels about the sociopath anti-hero Tom Ripley, namely The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ripley Under Ground, Ripley’s Game, The Boy Who followed Ripley and Ripley Underwater, to script his progression from low-level con artist to full fledged serial killer.

Sharon Levy will oversee the series, which will be executive produced by Zaillian, Garrett Basch, Philipp Keel, Guymon Casady and Ben Forkner. Keel is the head of Highsmith’s longtime publisher, Diogenes, in Zurich.

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This will be the latest stab at adapting Highsmith’s novels, which have previously hit the screen as Purple Noon (1960), starring Alain Delon, The American Friend (1977), starring Dennis Hopper, The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), starring Matt Damon, Ripley’s Game (2002), starring John Malkovich, and Ripley Under Ground (2005), starring Barry Pepper.

Zaillian previously wrote and directed the HBO mini-series The Night Of. He also wrote and directed the films All the King’s Men, A Civil Action and Searching for Bobby Fischer.


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