Mike Nichols (“The Graduate,” “The Birdcage”) is set to direct a film adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1957 novel “Deep Water” for Fox 2000 reports Variety.
The story follows a small town wealthy socialite Victor Van Allen, and his flirtatious wife who has had a string of lovers on the side. When one of her ex-lovers is murdered, the jealous Victor hints to her latest conquest he may have done it to ward him off.
As rumor of his nasty streak begins to spread, fiction and reality begin to converge and it’s only a matter of time before Vic really does have blood on his hands.
Joe Penhall (“The Road”) will adapt the script. Highsmith also penned the Tom Ripley novels and “Strangers on a Train” which Alfred Hitchcock famously adapted.