Eszterhas’ “Lust” Revives The Sexual Thriller

After nearly fifteen years away from Hollywood, Joe Eszterhas is returning to the sub-genre that he pretty much made his own in the 80’s and 90’s – the erotic thriller says The Hollywood Reporter.

Eszterhas’ new script “Lust” revolves around a 30-year old beauty who is married to an older Miami-based fashion magazine publisher. She is soon seduced by a younger charming playboy on a business trip in Los Angeles.

Eszterhas was a Rolling Stone senior editor who went on to become a successful screenwriter. Though he penned 80’s efforts like “Flashdance” and “Jagged Edge”, he became most famous for 1992’s “Basic Instinct” and made millions churning out several other similar films like “Sliver,” “Jade” and most infamously “Showgirls”. His last American film was the little-seen flop “Burn Hollywood Burn” in 1997 when he essentially left the industry.

Several traits of his work are in evidence in the new project. There’s the backdrop of the high stakes Miami real estate scene, steamy sex scenes, high suspense, and a gay Russian personal assistant infatuated with the playboy who plans to extort the duo having the affair.

Producer Scott Steindorff (“The Lincoln Lawyer”) and Stone Village Productions will independently finance the $30 million film through private equity and plan to assemble a cast and director in the next few weeks for a late Summer shoot.

The filmmakers aim to exploit a genre that hasn’t really been theatrically depicted since the days of films like “Body Heat,” “Fatal Attraction,” “Wild Things,” “Bound,” and “Poison Ivy”. The few efforts this past decade have either been direct-to-video schlock or arthouse films like Francois Ozon’s “Swimming Pool,” Atom Egoyan’s “Chloe” and Jane Campion’s “In the Cut”.