Damon, Knightley Up for Fitzgerald’s “Tender”

Matt Damon and Keira Knightley have been offered the lead roles in a film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1934 novel “Tender Is The Night” for 20th Century Fox reports The Playlist.

Fitzgerald’s last completed novel and his follow-up effort to literary classic “The Great Gatsby”, ‘Tender’ follows the rise and fall of Dick Diver, a promising young psychoanalyst and his wealthy wife and patient Nicole who live on the French Riviera in the 1920’s.

The novel explores both the power play and parasitic nature of relationships where one person becomes stronger by gradually destroying the other.

Damon and Knightley would play the Divers. Author David Nicholls is adapting the script but no director is yet attached.

The property has previously been adapted into a 1962 film with Jason Robards and Jennifer Jones, and a Dennis Potter-scripted 1985 BBC mini-series with Mary Steenburgen and Peter Strauss.